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What are some easy tips to take into consideration when you're running out of chips during a tournament ? Like what hands to play
If you are significantly shorter than the tournament average, you can actually play rather freely, since chips won are almost as valuable as chips lost. So you can play fairly normal ranges and look for spots to rejam, and when your stack get even shorter open jam. Its really all about preflop, so learn push fold ranges ideally from working with a program like ICMizer. Or if that is not an option, then study some of the free push-fold chats, which are available online.
The biggest mistake, people make, are being to conservative with a short stack. They fold, fold, fold and end up blinding away, until they have to go with some fairly random hand, unless they get lucky enough to pick up a monster just in time. So my main tip for being the short stack is to get rid of all fear of dying. You are selected to go out as one of the next already, and the best chance to change that is to accumulate more chips.
I agree with everything fundiver has said. Most folks are missing rejams on stack sizings of 30bb or less and so they call a raise, see a flop and end up playing too passive post flop and end up folding alot - thus making their short stack shorter. Proper rejams win us alot of pots preflop, and when we do get called we have a chance to double up or move onto to another tournament. Icmizer is a great tool for tournament poker and it is my number 2 recommendation, only behind poker tracker, for anyone looking to get good at MTTs.
Short stack play has alot of raise/folds, alot of rejams, and alot of check/jams post flop when we are defending blinds, or playing OOP and such. On 60bb it's a nightmare to go broke with top pair - but on 25bb, we can't afford to wait forever and it's mathematically fine to go broke with top pair holdings.
For example - we have 22bb and start the hand with K9o in the BB and CO raises to 2.1bb -- we call to defend and the flop comes KT7 - this is a great and easy spot for us to check/jam. We can get called by worse on boards like this and since we would do the same with QJ or our 4 card flush draws -- we are pretty balanced and so opponents will be finding it tougher to range us. When we just call on the flop- then a scare card comes on the turn like any A or a broadway card like a Q or J - those don't help us much and in some circumstances will cause us to lose value or even to fold the best hand. When we are short, we get it all on when we have good equity in a hand. The great thing about having the K in this spot is getting called by the T is great, while shoving with QJ and flush draws may get a Tx hand to potentially fold -- hopefully all this rambling makes sense.
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re: Poker & How to play short stack in a tournament ?
There are several reasons for this. When you get too aggressive, make stupid bets, or don't pay attention to your opponents at the table and keep paying them. The starting and middle stages are great for increasing your pot and being able to be high in prizes. You have to pass this stage very well to be competitive further.
It's silly to talk about a possible strategy in game, when you run out of chips. Only one option is possible in this case, this it's a preflop all-in game. You have no other chance. You have to go through the tournament gradually and prepare yourself in advance, if you go to the tilt you will not earn anything. You have to be active and put pressure on the weak and short players.
If you lose a big hand and there are very few chips, but the prizes are far away, only one chance can save you, it's luck, when you throw everything... Other options will not save you and the number of chips will not allow you to play widely and variously.....
re: Poker & How to play short stack in a tournament ?
Usually I try to play premium hands, and a little more aggressive, but before I play aggressive I do an analysis of the other players, if they are playing more aggressive or not, and depending on I play aggressive or more in the style of all or nothing
Depends on a few factors such as how short you are, your stack relative to others at your table, where you are in the tournament, etc. Once you get under 10 bb, in most cases you are looking to open shove, with your range opening the later you are to act. Don’t wait too long because the less bb you have to shove, the better the pot odds are for calling you with marginal hands, especially out of the bb. Any two cards can beat any other two cards, so you will experience mor bad beats if you wait until you’re extremely short.
What are some easy tips to take into consideration when you're running out of chips during a tournament ? Like what hands to play ? How to play them ?
With small pocket pairs, just shove If you have a low pocket pair between 22 and 77 and you are in late position, then you most likely have the best hand. However, you probably won't want to play it postflop, since there is a very high probability that at least one overcard will come out. Small pocket pairs on the postflop lose their value very much, because if you are ahead, then you are unlikely to collect at least some value from your hands worse (if you do not have a set, of course), if you are behind, then a pocket pair is bad a bluff candidate since you only have 2 outs if you call.Consider a limp strategy Surely one of the first rules that we hacked into our nose when we first started playing poker is that limping is bad. While this is true, it makes sense in short stacks.Of course, limping shouldn't be done against all types of players at all, because you are depriving yourself of fold equity, but in the right situations against overly aggressive opponents, this can be a very effective deterrent.