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I saw a guy in a middle stage od 3.3$ bounty builder with a very very big patience. He was playing well, had
I saw a guy in a middle stage od 3.3$ bounty builder with a very very big patience. He was playing well, had stats of 25/21 and he lost big flip remaining with 5BB in the middle stage. Blinds where around 1200/2400. He had a big bounty and everybody, including myself, where playing a lot of pots in order to eliminate him. He folded everything until he remained with 0.5BB. He called with AQo and won a 3 handed, then another 2 flips making more than 30BB)) Only when I was a total beginner I was having this kind of patience.
Personally I don't see that as a good thing. By the time you get down to half a blind you have no room to manoeuvre at all, and basically are forced to shove with whatever garbage you are dealt. I prefer shoving earlier, around 3bb at least because this is actually profitable with any two cards. For a start there is fold equity when you have to raise it (I'll admit not much in a bounty tourney) and the pot odds are right for the hand
Especially in a bounty tourney, you'll get callers when shoving a small stack.
More reason to play much less hands than normal push/fold charts indicate.
After too much bad experience in freerolls/micros, I shove about half the range indicated in the push/fold charts.
Follow your instinct and pay attention to the table. All this really depends on the particular situation and the ranges and tendencies of your opponents. Sometimes you should shove with a less than optimal hand and sometimes you shouldn't. A push/fold chart may indicate that you have a good hand to shove with but your gut might tell you that you'll lose the hand and to be patient and wait for a better spot. There's no perfect strategy, just the ability to balance many factors.
Personally, waiting that long is not a successful strategy. You need to win small pots as well as big ones, most likely even more so. Playing really tight maintains your stack because you lose very little but the blinds catch up with you and as others have posted you have to shove with hands you really don't want to.
You don't want to be on either extreme, too tight or too loose.
Always remember, a stopped clock is right 2x a day. You just observed the player having things go his/her way.
I usually wait till 8 BB until I shove. It is difficult to win two near flips and easier to win two flips than one triple up per dollar. Patience is really important in tourneys sometime I dont give a f*ck about the tourney and I jam with 40 BB mediocre hand.
I would say that playing tight is good, but not to the point of folding down to 0.5 bbs from 5. I would have been looking to shove much sooner. If it were not an opened pot with like 3 or 4 bbs I am probably shoving ATC.