Page 10 - This is a discussion on Dara O'Kearney (Satellite Specialist) - Ask Me Anything about satellites/knockouts within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Hi Cardschat,
I am Dara O’Kearney, known as Doke online. I am an Irish poker professional tournament player, with over $1 million in live earnings and
i have been playing a lot of the satellites of party poker the last few days to get in the irish opEn// mAin evENt/
i have been playing with a Dara today and yesterday??!?
could that be you???
if so i would really like to talk to you...
i really want to play ghe irish main event///
thankss for your answer!
Sorry I took so long to reply but yes, that would have been me, I play on Party under my real name
And if you did plAy today the sat in party poker... did you get in the main event???
Yes, I did. On your question about the Party algorithm, I'm pretty sure it's ok as it's independently certified as are all the regulated sites. But it's definitely easy to think otherwise sometimes in the middle of a run of bad beats
Some times ago I began playing Poker Stars S'n'G in Fifty50 format. Cause I'll wanted to playing DoN using strategy from your satellite book, but PS have Fifty50 only, where game stop when in play stayed half of the field(4 players from 8 on start).
But prizes structure in Fifty50 differ from DoN - half of the field will be paid $1,39 plus $0,04 per 100 chips in their finishing stack(for $1,5 buy-in).
Do you have advices for strategy change in this format?
Hi Dara, my question would be mainly regarding partypoker's tournament dollar satellite format, I suppose you are familiar with it. (Although pretty similar to a normal sat I guess.) 60% of the time in the last weeks, I find myself eliminated as the stone bubble. Regardless if it is 10 players registered, 20, or 50, I am almost always one of the big stacks in the early and mid-game by taking down pots pre, and post-flop, and then when blinds start to double and it's late-stage push-fold game, I often get card dead, blinded down and can rarely push enough hands and so my position in the mtt gets downgraded to being bubble. What tips do you have in general, or in adjusting pushing and calling ranges? For example how do you adjust, open shoving and calling ranges if 5 places pay equal, and you are A, 6th out of 6th, or B, 5th out of 6 but basically equal stack to 6th, with having only 0,5-2% more , lets say 0.1bb larger stack for us? This spot just happens unbelievably often with me and I am on the losing side of a flip after pushing 80% of the time after I push on PartyPoker tournament $ sats. Any tips in general or specific? What should I analize and improve in my satellite MTT game, what to look for to do better in these sat. bubble spots? Variance is eating my roll away everytime lately with these spots, but I am sure there are also mistakes in my play to look for ! Thank you.
This is a massive area and in fact most of my book "Poker Satellite Strategy" and my LearnProPoker Masterclass are devoted to it, but some quick tips and thoughts:
(1) While we all bubble satellites where we seemed to be cruising at one point, if this is happening too much there may be a few issues with your strategy. It could be that you're locking up too early and not taking some shove spots because you think you're there already: in my experience that's the most common reason
(2) Fold equity is massive in satellites, by far the most important type of equity. This is why you want to shove most or all your range near the end, and you want to shove larger stacks than you normally would. Otherwise you'll tend to blind down, and the shorter your stack becomes the less fold equity you will have
(3) It's better to shove a weak hand from late position, particularly if it has a blocker (A2o for example) than a stronger hand from early position when there are more players to get thru
(4) Who you are shoving into is more important than your actual hand in these spots. Try to shove into players you can hurt (they don't have too much more chips than you) rather than big stacks who can take the hit (or short stacks who need to gamble themselves)
(5) Conversely, if you are the absolute shortest (6/6 in your example) you are better off shoving any above average hand into the big blind of the chipleader. It being their big blind forces others to fold pretty strong hands, and even if they call you with a below average hand, well, that's the best spot you can hope for at this point
Is there ever a situation where it would be advisable to limp from early position in a PKO. If say there is a very short stacked player with a juicy bounty in late position?
Indeed there are, and that's a good example. There are others too: for example, in EP with 88 and a short stack in BB. At certain stack depths it could be awkward to open and get threebet, and when this happens the shorty won't get involved without a strong hand, but if you limp and it sets off a chain of limps behind you and the shorty now shoves, you have a good spot to reshove. And if they don't, well, now you're set mining
One of the things I love about PKOs is there are a lot of spots like this with room to be creative.