Run incredibly good and hope you get good cards to hold. This structure is very very fast and blinds will inevitably get very high quickly thus forcing you to play a much wider range. Obviously you must open up and are forced to play lesser holdings. Position play and abc strategy becomes less a factor as many players are going to be playing any 2. Tournaments with this structure are bingo feats and more of a gamble. I donít usually play these games because luck is a major factor.
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Strictly speaking its not important, what the structure is. The only thing, that matter, is stack sizes relative to the current blinds of you and everyone behind, and opponent tendencies. In freerolls in general you can expect some looser action, which mean, you should reduce bluffing to a minimum and widen your value range.
It can also make a ton of sense to open very large or even open jam strong hands, if people are still going to call with worse. I have seen people open jam aces for 100BB in a freeroll and still get called by all sorts of hands. Maybe you dont need to take it that far, but you dont have to stick to default sizes like 3BB either, if people are going to call much larger raises as well.
When stacks get very short relative to the blinds and antes, which will invariably happen in such a fast structure, you have to get it in extremely wide. Sometimes even the antes might be more than your stack, and then you obviously can not afford to fold and wait for better hands very often.
You play preflop push fold strategy.
First couple of orbits play relatively tight observe tables and let the players that have no clue of what they are doing bust out.
While it is nice to have a hand you will have to gamble in certain spots with less than stellar holdings using good position spots to try and pick up blinds and antes.
I think, standard opening like 3BB or 4BB would be of no use. You need to go all-in if you wish to enter the pot.
In such formats, the important thing is the selection of hands you wish to play. Things are going too fast and you don't have time to wait for strong hands to come nor you have time to fold frequently with poor hands.
But you can still show your skill as you are not the only one who is under pressure, your opponents also have the same problem.
I agree with the players here who are advocating for playing your position to the fullest! Somehow players still undervalue their position at the table. I agree that at some point very early in the tournament you will likely be in and all in or fold strategy due to the size of the blinds vs your stack but I donít think that you need go there from hand #1. If you believe you have an edge on the average player you have to try and lower your variance against them. You have opportunity to do just that in the first few levels of this type of tourney. If you get lucky and chip up. You may have some room to maneuver later as well. I think itís also worth mentioning that if your only going all in pre flop you are probably missing some opportunities to get value with your stronger holdings and that as the field thins and better players are left you donít have to go all in to get them to fold pre and you may tempt them to come over the top of you and get paid off.
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1st I'd find a different game. But, if for some reason i was in the tournament i would want to start early so i could wait for a decent hand before shoving, if i could double up i would wait for as many hands as I could while staying ahead of the blinds. I would look to act as late as possible and hope i got lucky.
Good morning and Happy New Year!Well,it depends of your starting stack.If you had a nice one ,you could wait till you get a good pair to try to double up.But if you didnīt ,then it would turn into a bingo game.
I have been doing fairly well lately in the flash spin and gos by just going all in with ace rag or better as soon as you get down to around 10 BBs or less and this is usually the case already in second level.
First, realize you are not playing poker. No, seriously. It's. Not. Poker.
There's no such thing as a hyper-pro, I swear.
Think of it like when you're in the casino and you've racked up for the day and you stop and drop $20 in a slot machine on your way out. You may hit, probably won't, but it's a fun little exciting thing to do.
Well... That's what I think anyway.