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whywouldibluff

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I'm used to playing no limit hold em with no rebuys. I recently found a game in my area that does rebuys for the first 3 levels of blinds. I find that it invites a lot of terrible players and play. Is this universal or is it just me?
 
OzExorcist

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I think it's natural that people will be encouraged to play more loosely when they know they can rebuy - sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes it's not.

Our local casino runs a rebuy tournament once a week - $25 buy-in, $25 rebuys for the first hour, but you're allowed to rebuy (for either $1000 or $2000 in chips) any time you got below your starting stack of $1000. So you could pay your blinds for a round, or lose a minimum bet in a hand, then throw fifty bucks at the dealer and be up to almost $3000 in chips.

It's clearly a strategy for the casino to make money from all the rebuys, and it works. The solid / tighter players have the potential to make a lot of chips from all the donk shoves though.

I deal a bar game that has rebuys and tends to work a bit better because people have to get felted before they can buy back in (at the starting stack). It still encourages donk shoves to a degree, but they've got to do it with the knowledge that they'll be starting back with a less competitive stack. And the solid players still have an opportunity to accumulate chips from the "I'll just rebuy if this doesn't work" players
 
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Live rebuys at the casino are mainly just for house profit; I would never really consider playing one. Online is a different story, though.
 
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I played a $2 rebuy on line with 400 players. You can rebuy for the first hour. After 40 min they were down to 395 players and had 730 rebuys. I dumped my chips and don't play rebuys anymore.
 
amygrantfan

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when i've played in rebuy tourneys online for low dollar amounts, people just play insane. it's not really poker so much as all in every hand and hope.
 
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dlweaver

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yea i've found out that a lot of times i try rebuys i get busted early on someone just pushing all in when i actually have something. however, in a few i've done well doubling up a few times and once you can make it past the first hour the play changes of
 
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