This is a discussion on Early double up in tournament within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Playing now P75,000 GTD NLH Tournament. Double up with the nuts.
What is the best strategy now with this stack in this early level?https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170607/39357b05a7d75e29345e75dfed8beadd.jpg
Got into final table but just 6 players paid. Bubble time I'm the shortest stack with 4BB, 7 players left I got QQ on SB position everybody folds button pushed with 10,Joff preflop of course I have to call with my QQ then heads up, board:
K,Q,2,J,9 - boom! river!!!
If you just lost a hand I guess this makes sense. If not, you may have played that way too tight. You need to take more chances earlier so you have more than 4bb.
I would have started using position and shoving with a wide range around 12-15bb, while I still had some fold equity. If I bust out in 15th and you bust out at 7, we made the same amount. If I don't bust, I'm going to easily cash.
I know its difficult, but sometimes you need to sac up and take some 60/40s rather than wait for a good hand that never comes.
Congrats on a great result, whatever you may think now, even getting to the bubble is a good thing because it's just 1 spot from ITM. It may suck, but there's always next time. Anyways, with no hand history I can't really say what you did wrong, but it's obvious you made a few missteps after that initial double-up if you went down to 4BB. Try writing down some hands that you think could've went better while you're playing, and then review them after. I always keep small notes on anything and everything when I play live, which is what I think everyone should do. Also, with an early double up, try to loosen up and widen your range just a bit while it's still early.
Ahh darn. GG MTT though seems like you gave it a great run. I myself am one to probably make a move before I'm at 4 BB but is easier said than done... especially if a tourney is paying too heavy I'd rather bust before the bubble 4/5 and win the tourney one time than just barely make the money half the time. (of course it all depends on a bunch of other factors- buy in, pay out, etc)
How did you end up with only 4BB after double up? Double up early can be good but I always had a problem playing more lose and calling more flips after getting a large stack. I think tighting up maybe better. Anyway I have bubble so many times it makes one want to cry.