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Do you keep the total chip count or change to # of Big Blinds
Join Date: May 2020
Number of chips vs BB
Do you prefer playing with the number of chips on view or BB view?
When I started playing poker (not very long ago) I used a site with a default view of chips (not BB):
I'm now accustomed to this and use this default view on all sites. I occassionally toggle to BB view to check where I stand in relation to the other stacks, but I use chip view for all streets of betting etc.
I also find that I lose concentration and get annoyed if on BB view.
Am I missing something important by avoiding BB view and am I creating a bad habit that will impact my long term potential for success?
I always use chips count instead of BB but i'm doing the math in my head all time by converting it to BB and the M to see where i stand and how i'll play the hand preflop.
And if I enter the pot and see the flop i consider the SPR too. these informations are crucial in mtts to take the right decision.
I think you have to choose the chip count view and convert it in your head into bb cause it will help you in live tournaments. if you ask an opponent how much he got left he will not answer i've got 20bigs left for example.
I only play in chips, but I find this BB display tool very interesting, because it makes it much easier for you to see your stack, so there is no way to make a silly mistake like a hand that you had to push all in straight for your stack but as you were in chips you opened up, not to mention that it helps me a lot when betting so I can see the SPR better, and it’s also easier to calculate the pot odds, so I find it interesting to use the stack in BBs in certain situations.
It is much more convenient for me to see how many chips I and my opponents have. I started playing poker with live cash and live tournaments, and am used to seeing how many chips I and my opponents have. Therefore, it is also convenient for me to play online poker. I have never played in such a way that my chips would appear in the blinds.
I use the total chips count but I know that is important how many big blinds do you have and not the number of chips. I usually keep the total chips and somethings the BB. It´s depends of the stage of the tournament that I´m playing
One thing I really hate in tournaments are players who constantly ask for chip counts of their opponents while in a had.
Yes, if you're on the cusp of an important decision and you're unsure of how many BB's the villain has behind, ask for a quick count (doesn't need to be exact, just a really good estimate). But doing it constantly is just obnoxious in my opinion.
I keep an eye on the blind structure relative to my stack in tournaments and use that knowledge to help me make decisions.
"I'm not a mean person, but I don't wish 'good luck' on anybody sitting across the table from me. It's poker. I hope you have the worst cards ever."
I find it much easier to keep it in bb’s. I mean live I’m keeping track of how many bigs I have and everyone else and this just simplifies the process. Number of bigs is all that really matters I mean 10 million chips sounds like a lot but if blinds are 5-10m your in trouble.
I have a habit of playing in BB mode for a long time and each increase in the blinds just multiplies them and I know how many chips I have.
The truth is that it gives me more confidence when making decisions.
It is always helpful to know your stack value at the right time
I seem to play better when i see it in bb rather than chips takes the nerves away seems when i see it in chips i tend to shy away from betting when i get low in chips but when I see bb I tend to play my game as the tourney progresses
Oddly enough, I dont like the BB option. Its just seams wrong to me. We play poker with chips and I would rather have it that way.
We also play with Blinds and that is the way I usually set my display so I know when it is time to shove all-in or go home, even in a live game I try and stack my chips in multiples of blinds some times early on it could be stacks of 20 blinds and as they go up I will alter the stack size accordingly or drop the stacks down to 10 blinds or 5 blinds each stack, it also helps me to determine what an all-in from another player might cost me blind wise, I might call an all-in with any 2 cards if it only cost me a fraction of my stack, but if the call would put me under 10 BBs I would reconsider calling, and opt to fold depending on hand strength.
It does take a while to get used to, but find it beneficial to my game, as does playing with a 4 color deck , We all have our own way of playing, but trying new ways could improve your game, I know it has helped me.