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I always have doubts on how to start, as the blinds are very low at the beginning of the
What better way to start a tournament.
I always have doubts on how to start, as the blinds are very low at the beginning of the tournament I do not know if I should take my chances betting big in the beginning to try to steal a pot
If speed is slow then it is better to play conservatively and with a good hand, otherwise can be foolish to lose chips.
But too tight is also not worth playing and periodically go to the Bank with an average hand
What kind of Bank would you steal there? At first? )) 15 - 30 chips?? ))
The risk is justified either in the middle part of the tournament, to feel at ease on the bubble, or directly before the bubble, such as push fold, that would at least get into the prizes. And in the beginning to go steadily, there is no need to risk to increase the stack.
At the beginning of the tournament I usually do not overdo bets. But good hands deserve to be protected, high stakes I do not consider stealing pots but defend the best hands, because they are the ones that make their game.
I always try to play a lot of hands at the beginning of an MTT. I'm still waiting for the right spot to bet big. at this time of the game I avoid bluffing too much because other players at the table usually play more tightly than me.
You want to try and refrain from monster pots in the early stages unless you have the absolute coconuts. Early stages are great for opening up to a wider range and seeing cheap flops with speculative holdings. Just remember hands like AA are significantly weaker in early stages of tourneys compared to late stages. Early strong hands are pocket pairs for set mining and suited connectors for straights and flushes. I'm not saying to ever fold AA early in a tournament if you are unsure where you are at in the hand but always remember ranges are wider and you can run into a lot of two pair combos that crush you.
I recommend staying out of early action pots unless you have high quality hands. This is due to the stupidity that goes through peoples minds in early stages of the tournaments. This is definitely relevant in Free rolls the most.
It depends is probably always the right answer to most questions. I'm not much of a tournament player but I've been playing free rolls online and plan to play a 5k GTD on Wednesday. From what I have seen online the first level many players are ridiculously aggressive in free rolls. I assume the same holds true to a lesser extent in normal tournaments. I would focus on top 10-15% hands in position and feel out the table for at least the first level or two before getting to aggressive.
I am taking Daniel Negreanu's Master Class and this is what he recommends :
"Daniel advises you to play conservatively early on in a tournament, before the antes kick in, because the early stage of a tournament is more about survival than about getting value. You can’t win the tournament in the early stage, but you can lose all your chips. Daniel explains how doubling up your chip stack is not as valuable early on due to ICM—Independent Chip Model—which affects the value of each chip as the tournament progresses. If, however, your opponents are all playing extremely tight as well, then it makes sense to open up your game as a counterstrategy and steal their chips. Just remember: it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
The hand types that are best with the deeper stacks early on are those with the most postflop potential. Suited connectors and pocket pairs hands such as 33 and 7s 6s are great hands that carry minimal risk for a big reward. A hand like A 9o, by contrast, has more equity but much less potential. Later on, when your only realistic options preflop are all in or fold, offsuit aces can play great as shoves from late position with shallow stacks, but during the early stage they can get you into some trouble. The speed at which the size of the blinds increases should inform how aggressive you are in the early stages. In a turbo tournament, where the blinds increase quickly, it is more important to focus on value than survival."
I'm at the beginning of the tournament when the blinds are small and the stacks are big I play more loose than in the middle or late stage of the tournament. Why not for a small fee to enter the game and see the cards. The beginning of the tournament is a good time to collect more chips, because in the late stage of the tournament they are very necessary.
I find the beginning of tournaments to be the most frustrating thing as a lot of people just open face shove. This ends up making you either fold your good hands or flip early. This is why I usually limp with hands that I will only shove with in the beginning and middle stages of the tournament.
I like to start by not participating into much action in the first stages of the tournament, unless you have a monster hand preflop. The reason behind this is because even if you get lucky and double up in the first couple of hands, in several rounds your chip stack will not be as impressive. Besides, would you rather double up in the first stages of the tournament or in the later stages?
My strategy, is to play tight in the beginning and then play aggresssive in the later stages of the tournament. This has proven to be an effective and overall safe strategy...
At the beginning of the tournament did not need to steal the blinds. The stakes are too small. You will lose the stack. And when will the ante and you will be in a small stack of your stack will melt even faster.
The first level of a tournament is a good time to try for a double-up.
I disagree. A common saying is that you can't win a tournament in the early stages, but you can lose one.
Obviously, if the opportunity presents itself, sure, go for the double up. But if you're just playing lots of pots with your suited connectors, waiting for the double up, I don't think it's going to be +EV. Obviously just an opinion.