re: Poker & what stage in the tournament to start stealing blinds?
Originally Posted by badaboombaa
the logic in this thread is ridiculous. We should always be attempting to make the correct play and whether "stealing the blinds are worth it" shouldn't enter our mind. If stealing nets us an ev of 0.8bb (just an example) even if it's only 1% of our stack it's still a net positive and we should do it rather than fold. We should always be attempting to make the most profitable play. A lot of people in this thread are trying to create a cookie cutter approach rather than actually using their brains and approaching each situation with logic. So yeah I'm going to say I don't like to steal blinds until I've registered to the tourney and have a seat at the table.(I did like this statement, I must say) From then on if I see a profitable steal spot I'm going to take it.
A bit contradictory, your post. To call the logic ITT "ridiculous" then state "attempt to make the correct play", you seem to miss the point that a poster is trying to get advice so he can do exactly this, make the correct play. You, however, seem to know exactly when and why your do what you do. You also mention making the most profitable play, but seem to assume that it will be obvious what play is the most profitable. Is a steal attempt the most profitable, or could there be some tight/loose tendencies of the players still to come that need to be considered, as one example, which may make a re raise very probable, which will narrow down the cards one will "steal" with. And so on.
While I understand that there is no recipe to when stealing is wrong or right, that is exactly the purpose of this thread, to help people get a grasp on SOME situations that they may not be already familiar with.
And while some answers may be not what many people think are logical, not all players have 1000's, or even 100's, of tourneys under their belt, and it does them good to get involved in discussion, to perhaps say something kind of silly. A logical explanation of WHY what they say is not perhaps the most logical approach is much more beneficial than an arrogant "ridiculous" comment.