Am i tilting or just a rookie.

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Vinther90

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Hi Sharks.

I would like to get some little help with my playstyle.

I really like to play MTTs and SNGs. (mostly SNGS). 9-rings only REGULAR,
Turbo is too random to me.
Ive been played poker on/off for about 2 years, and ive lost a lot more in the past then earned.
So after 1 year long break, i said to myself, that i really wanted to learn the game. Ive researched the whole internet for strats, calling hands, stealing blinds, bubble, etc...

So heres my problem.....
I almost always come off to a good start. 4/5 games i increase my stake from 1.500 to above 2.000 early game.
Ive learned that ONLY calling/raising
AA, AQ, AK, KQ, KJ, 10 10+, early game. Correct me if im wrong, am i playing too tight early?

When we hit mid-game and blinds are climbing to 100/50, im getting a little greedy stealing blinds. At this point we are maybe 6-7 around the table.
At this point I start limping or rasing A10 (suited), and even K9 (suited).
Is that too loose?

Well...
The bubble.....
4 left, and only 1 need to bust out before we get paid.
At this point im gonna do everything I can to steal blinds.
Rasing hands like J8 (suited) or just suited connectors.
75% of all my games i bust out on the bubble.

Please, give me some advise, i would really appreciate it.

PS. is it bad to play cards like KJ offsuited, and KQ offsuited. I know positions have a lot to say, but if you can tell me when to play hands like that it would help a lot.
Ive increased my bankroll from 20$ to 130$ playing cashgames, but i guess i was just lucky. The game i really want to learn is sngs

Best regards! Have a nice day
 
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I happen to face the same problem as you. The only thing I do in the bubble is avoid the high stakes and try to force the smaller one to shove with nothing. So whenever I have the opportunity to force him in, I either get his blinds or sometimes get busted by a High Pair. However, I just force in with 10+s.

He will shove with Ax but I like to have a bit of force in the hand to bet hard if the table is dangerous for him (AA, KJ etc on the flop)..

Will keep following this thread though, I can see good tips coming :D
 
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First of all, I think that limpimg with A10 (suited), and even K9 (suited) isn’t normally the best choice. This allow players whith worst hands to try something. Or even bet agressively, forcing you to fold. And more the players seeing the flop, worst the value of your hand. If you are in a bad position, fold. If you are in LP, raise. You will avoid bad beats and maybe steal the pot.

I think you are correct in your strategy, but you are little overly tight in the final stages. Normally, the players with a fear to not get ITM are food to the agressive one with a large stack...

Im my humble opinion, the great diferencial between the players who just get ITM or near that, and those one who win the tournaments is know how playing without any cards. Just playing with the opponent position or reading his style of game. I’m trying to improve that in my own game.
 
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never limp ever cause of chasers you should always raise 3x you will get a lot out of that
 
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First of all, I think that limpimg with A10 (suited), and even K9 (suited) isn’t normally the best choice. This allow players whith worst hands to try something. Or even bet agressively, forcing you to fold. And more the players seeing the flop, worst the value of your hand. If you are in a bad position, fold. If you are in LP, raise. You will avoid bad beats and maybe steal the pot.

I think you are correct in your strategy, but you are little overly tight in the final stages. Normally, the players with a fear to not get ITM are food to the agressive one with a large stack...

Im my humble opinion, the great diferencial between the players who just get ITM or near that, and those one who win the tournaments is know how playing without any cards. Just playing with the opponent position or reading his style of game. I’m trying to improve that in my own game.

Man, I think you just gave me one of the best tips of the forum. I am one of the players who slow the game at the bubble to get ITM and 70% of the times I don't even get ITM.

Maybe I should change a bit my strategy and force a bit more when I have position.

Will change it on my strategy for a few SNGs and see how it goes.
 
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I want to start say that if u make from 20$ to 130$ cashgames at 0.01/0.02 or 0.02/0.05 is very good.You have skill.And talking about your problem...I think is good that you raise to steal blinds..and the limit of the cards you shoul raise should be J8 suited and +.And if they reraise u just call,and if is a bad flop for you just fold a bet,so they will not catch the bluffer :).Just be strong and trust your instinct
 
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Hi Vhinter90!

In my opinion you play well in the beggining of tournaments: play a style tight with defined hands!

With the develop of the tourneys you should pay attention to your opponents style and also you need to play with your ships / place in table / players remaining / blinds level.

In the bubble, if you are in good position, you have to play same in the beggining: play defined hands and play tight whatever your chips are!

After the bubble you should mix your style with tight and in last positions, depending of your chips and opponents chips, you should play some hands with raises even if they means bluff. Depending of your opponents skills in the tournament, you should take a decision to pay or not a all in of them!

About tilt: that happens to the major of players. You should not tilt too many times because in poker we will not win all hands and sometimes we will not understand some opponent decisions. I'm sure that in one week you lose with almost any hand but in the next week maybe you will win a tournament (MTT or SNG ones).

Despite regular ones gives you time to wait for great hole cards I think that you should play some turbos with a tight (very) agressive style!

Good luck in tables!!!
 
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If you are winning at the cash tables, why are you losing it back on MTTs? Play more cash and throw in a MTT here and there until you start cashing in some. And that will happen, just give it time and patience. Oh and welcome to Cardschat, and GL
 
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Stop limping , being aggressive on the bubble is a good thing keep that up . But also its important in SNGs to learn optimal unexploitable shove ranges . The smaller stack play of SNGs has sorta been solved , understanding these ranges and learning to play around them . The best chart I have ever found is from Jennifear from P5s , take a look and learn the ranges and it should improve your SNG results . GL at tables .

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...U4YzVrSlBVZk5EMFE&hl=en_US&toomany=true#gid=3
 
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Bubble is an interesting game period. In this case, I wrote one topic what was happened with me yesterday (to be exactly on FullTilt CardsChat freeroll) on a bubble. There are 19 playes left and only 18 places paid. I was waiting for a strong hand and already with 300 chips get JJ, read what was next here: https://www.cardschat.com/forum/tournament-poker-59/how-73s-win-jj-preflop-all-274180/

So, what I want to say: on bubble you can win with bad pocket pair or lose with AA-JJ. Everything are very relative!
 
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Hi Sharks.

I would like to get some little help with my playstyle.

I really like to play MTTs and SNGs. (mostly SNGS). 9-rings only REGULAR,
Turbo is too random to me.
Ive been played poker on/off for about 2 years, and ive lost a lot more in the past then earned.
So after 1 year long break, i said to myself, that i really wanted to learn the game. Ive researched the whole internet for strats, calling hands, stealing blinds, bubble, etc...

So heres my problem.....
I almost always come off to a good start. 4/5 games i increase my stake from 1.500 to above 2.000 early game.
Ive learned that ONLY calling/raising
AA, AQ, AK, KQ, KJ, 10 10+, early game. Correct me if im wrong, am i playing too tight early?

When we hit mid-game and blinds are climbing to 100/50, im getting a little greedy stealing blinds. At this point we are maybe 6-7 around the table.
At this point I start limping or rasing A10 (suited), and even K9 (suited).
Is that too loose?

Well...
The bubble.....
4 left, and only 1 need to bust out before we get paid.
At this point im gonna do everything I can to steal blinds.
Rasing hands like J8 (suited) or just suited connectors.
75% of all my games i bust out on the bubble.

Please, give me some advise, i would really appreciate it.

PS. is it bad to play cards like KJ offsuited, and KQ offsuited. I know positions have a lot to say, but if you can tell me when to play hands like that it would help a lot.
Ive increased my bankroll from 20$ to 130$ playing cashgames, but i guess i was just lucky. The game i really want to learn is sngs

Best regards! Have a nice day
You dnt raise J8 on the bubble if there is some player who has more chips than you. If you dnt flop a monster hand you can bet if you dnt you must check/fold. You can play KJ and KQ if youre on the button and no one shoves or raises.
 
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Your question is way too vague. It is near impossible for anyone to give you a decent answer.
As I'm sure you're well aware of.. SNG's (& MTT/tourney play) is alot different than playing 100bb cashgame tables.

My suggestion(s):
Find a decent SNG strategy guide (there's more than a few decent ones online)..
'or'
Read > Collin Moshmann's SNG Strategy (book).
When I read this book (back in 2008?) I went from a losing ROI-10% player (who thought they really knew how to play) to a winning player ~ +10%. It gave me a good foundation to work from.

Another decent book is Phil Shaw's SNG Book. It's just about as good as Moshmann's (some folks prefer it, others like Moshmann's more... idk.. I read both & more than a few times each).

Once you get a decent foundation, (or while) post some HH's on the forum (& read other's HH's that are posted).

Knowledge of bubble play & I.C.M. are crucial to being a decent SNG player. Working on a sold shove/fold game is essential to having any success.

In time, things will become automatic in nature... you will intuitively know what are 'good spots'... ie. good 3bai resteal-shove spots, open-shove spots, etc. etc. etc.

That is about as specific advice as I can give to you.
 
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Here's my input.

Starting off tight is a good thing until the blinds are bigger. Your loose play in the middle seems like you should keep that going too. Your in the bubble. As far as stealing blinds steal a blind wait a couple hands then steal another blind. Its a good idea to wait when you steal blinds cause if you go every hand they know you bluff. Just of matter when you both want to go all-in.
 
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Vinther90

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Everyone! Thank your very much for your advices...
Im now sure of I could work on.

Great to hear the voices of experienced players
 
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u can change the range sometimes.. dwan, negreanu and company do something like that..
 
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