This is a discussion on Opinions on knockout tourneys within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; I want to know what you guys think about knockout tourneys?
For those who don't know, knockout tourneys award you money for every player you knock
These kinds of tourneys are really fun. Depending on how aggressive your opponents are you can get ahead fast, but on the other side of the coin you can get burned. If your site has them, do the heads up Knockout tourneys if you like that sort of thing.
For me I like a Turbo KO because you don't have to go deep as long as you are picking up the head prizes. Much more of a gamble and although may not be for every1 liking. There certianly is a niche out there
More money for knocking players out than make min cash or so. You have to finish last four tables to make some real money, so you have to risk more for the bountys. Its much more profitable to play for the knockouts. Very risky tournaments.
I love playing knockouts. I am currently playing ko tournaments on 888 poker where from 20 players only top 3 are paid. There are always some maniacs at the table that pay with any hand just to try to knockout someone. They are easy to beat but try to dont get frustrated if u get called with 27 and lose with your premium hand..
i find it best to approach these with a dif mind set. as stated abovealot of people get stupid aggressive chasing bounties. i find it best to play your normal game and the bounties are just bonus money
I love them. I seem to do better in them than I do in regular NLHE tourneys. They can be expensive, though, especially if you get knocked out before you get any bounties. However, they also offer an opportunity to get paid even if you don't make a deep run. I played in the Bovada $30+3 bounty tourney (with $10 bounties) the other day and collected 7.5 bounties. I made more than double my entry fee just from the bounties.
I do play them if i am on tilt as they give you a chance to knockout people out and u can get 5x your buyin before the prize money kicked in. There is a niche on sites like sky poker where the poker ability is very low
Some people are saying since they play tight, they don't like knockout tourneys.
IMO, these are great for tight players as long as you realize weak hands are going to chase so just don't fold your strong hands especially if draws are present. A lot of draws will come along with bad odds or they might even push on you. Have the stomach to call off with your strong hands and hope to hold up.
I think these tourneys really play into the style of tight players because you just wait for a hand play it straightforward and get lots of action. In a regular tourney the big problem with a tight style is you get no action when you finally play a hand. Not the case on knock out tourneys..
luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity
In the early phase you should stay tight and only shove with premium because when a player moves all-in, some of the player would call them even with very marginal holdings in hopes of busting them out and receiving their bounty money.
Well, for most of those KO tournaments, the KO reward is much smaller then normal price pool (like 15-20% to KO).
So you should play that close to normal strategy, and exploit the ppl going for rewards.
Of course if there is a spot which is about even in chips and you have nice chance to collect some rewards, go for it. But still the main taks is to get chips and reach FT (the rewards will come along the way).
I like those, because they have softer field from my experience.
KO's mean equity.
It's our job to make a good guess or calculation of this equity.
Whereas in a regular freezout playing some kinda hand might be EV- , in a KO tournament (esp progressive ones) that same hand might become (extremely) EV+ and profitable to play.
I think especially in an expected coinflip or close to coinflip situation we have to keep in mind how much more equity we actually have due to a possible KO bonus.
In a situation where we expect to be way behind tho, the possible bonus might not be enough to play the hand so don't get out of line there, just because there's a bonus.
I have noticed that a couple of people "ignore" the bounties and play the tournaments as normal and the bounties are a bonus. I think they are wrong and that in these tournaments a lot of money can be made by watching and putting each person on your table at a level. No matter the buy-in amount you will find that there are a couple of "easy" bounty hunters which you will be able to pick off. Do this 3 times and you soon win your stake back and then you can play as you wish. Normally at this time with an above average stack.
Gl to all of you and use these as a bankroll building exercise. If you like these tournaments try out the ones on Pokerstars, I find these good and profitable.
I love to play these because you can get a price for each player you knock out. And also, many people will call your pushes with weaker hands in order to know you out, and you can take a good advantage of that, trust me.