This is a discussion on Big Stack on table in MTT within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; I often find myself the big stack on my table in a MTT. often times twice as big stacked as the next biggest stack but
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Big Stack on table in MTT
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Big Stack on table in MTT
I often find myself the big stack on my table in a MTT. often times twice as big stacked as the next biggest stack but I find that I really don't know how to take advantage of this situation. What are some of the things I can do to take advantage of my big stack? What is the prescribed play? etc?
I agree with Tosh 67 completely. That is sound advice. Play your game all the way to the FT. Be careful about getting into all in pots with AK, AQ and AJ. and small pairs when you get close to the bubble. Take your time to think about every hand. Have patience and let the right cards come to you. You are the chip leader and you don't have to make anything happen like the smaller stacks have to. GL to you
I agree too with Tosh67 and PapaC, when you are the big stack on table, it's more easy for you stollen the blinds and for you do some bluffs that you couldn't when you have 10BB or 15BB.
But one big mistake that happens is when people get the large stack they become play alll hands and just limp... that is a big mistake, you dont need to play every hand, just because you are the big stack.
You could play a little less tight, but not go crazy.
You've gotten some very sound advice above. Just be careful to not chase. Don't throw good money after bad. Play tight until you have a premium hand, then get aggressive. Trying to bluff too much to steal blinds may be a sure way to turn your huge stack into a small one.
I agree with what the others are saying here. But I would add if the table conditions give you a chance to bully and take advantage of blind stealing go for it! This should be done almost anytime the opportunity presents itself, the bigger stack just takes risk out of the equation if you play smart when you encounter resistance!
Obviously, what ever you are doing to get your big stack, is what works best for you. So, just keep doing what ever you normally do. If you start trying to do things you are not comfortable with, you can loose a lot of chips. If it's not broke, don't fix it.
Can't disagree with those that say keep doing what you're doing. But you asked .
Really pay attention to stack sizes. When you're in first place you are not going home this hand. Anyone who gets it in with you may be. Pick match ups that keep the mid stacks off balance. Put small stacks to the test with a wider range. Even pick on other large stacks with the right cards. Don't forget chips are your weapon And everyone else is out-gunned.
I wouldn't suggest trying to bully without having atleast something up your sleeve. Trying to buy a decent pot when you have 2/7 off suite and the board is k/k/10/9 or something with 2 suited cards and 2 or more people still in the hand would be a horrible idea. Most likely someone has the nuts or close to it and will call anything you do. Poker is all about taking advantage of situations and knowing when to just bail out......atleast in my opinion, situation/position over cards any day!
I play a lot off progressive knockouts..in first hour i play really agressive so i am out, or in same place!! I try to tigten up my play, because people tends to play more with bigstacks thinking that you play almost any two..so wait liitle and iff you catch huge hand you will get paid..iff not you will be in nice position even after hour off throwing cards and with good imagge for stealing bigger blinds after it..
sometimes thats a problem with me,when i have big stack im more likely to call some hands i wouldn't,and unconsciusly open range of cards entering a pot.thats a bad thing...we just need to stay focused and concentraded and play our own game regardless of stack
I play aggressive some hands, but there are many hands that don't call for aggressive bets just because I have a big stack. Say you have AA in the BB and it folds to the SB. He has stole my blind before, and this time he tries the same here. So do I play the hand aggressive or passive. I'm sure not raising pre-flop with that hand. I want as much out of them as I can get. But after the flop, I may change up. GL to you
depends on the stage of tourney im in... If i have monster stack around the bubble ill play aggressivly, but not dumb. u have to relize the small stacks are just gunna jamm u, so pick your spots... if im chip leader at final table super agg and force mental mistakes. ( but i dont get there as often as i like)
keep playing how are you playing not modify much your game, since almost all that are chip leader playing much more aggressive but it's a big risk all be aware of that and take away a lot of chips , that if you play lower pairs if put a lot of chips and try to link some better set and hands clear this is easier to put lies when you have many chips compared to others
It really depends on the situation.
Chip leader early to Mid in a MTT?
Late in a MTT?
At a FT?
A lot depends on the average chip stack and my opponents chip stack relative to the average. If I have a monster lead over 2nd I may change my play a little. But if my lead is not that great, I won't shift gears much.
At a FT you really have to be conscious of the value of your stack and pay jumps (ICM).
You were all happy I called until my river suckout!
In my opinion there is no need to be that agressive if there is like 2k more people in tournament.
Guy who is C.L in early stage of tour. usually gets crashed after 10, 15 mins with that play.
So i don't change my play in that situation.
When I became a cheap leader, my strategy change bluntly. My bets start be more carefully and I played more loosely. But I see often guys make a mistake when start play VERY agressive especially vs small and middle opponents. Why did they play such stupid? Everyone can get Aces or simple very strong hand on the flop, and this agressores continue play with bluf because of get cheaps to the bank already!
Don't be donk, play smart. Make poker interesting.
For me it depends how many players are left. I'll play slightly more aggressive than usual until it gets down to 5 or 6 tables and then the aggression starts to go up the deeper I get, and at the final table my aggression escalates with every player knocked out as long as I'm still chip leader.
honesty. i would not change much. you wanna stay chip leader as long as you can. bet sizes are key. in witch starting hands you play stay tight play only hands you been playing. just bet different. 3 bet more. force smaller stacks to call you. when there hand is weaker. after the turn card comes thats when you can be more agressive. gotta make sure your hand is best before making them go all in to you.
I think it depends on where you are at in the tournament. A lot of people are saying to play really aggressively this shouldn't mean run wild and play everything. I like to relax and enjoy my stack, and pick my spots for gaining more chips.
aggressive. attack attack attack. doesn't matter if they know you are just being a bully in obvious spots-they can't/won't call off the rest of their chips/whole tourney without a hand.when I play against a huge stack...I know what they are doing,but it doesn't matter if I can't call.oh,you're trying to stael my blind?well ok I guess-I have 2/7 off.so keep doing that until I CAN call and double up.