Perspective: "Don't Think About Your 2 Cards, But the Situation You Are In"

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Hello :)

I recently had a clear thought that I felt could be helpful to the MTT enthusiast.

When deciding what to do preflop:

FIRST analyze the situation as it led up to your action (stack sizes of players, what their actions most likely represent, short stacks at the table you know are just waiting to push and will fold WAY TO MUCH, etc, etc, etc.)

LAST Look at your two cards and make the decision that is best for your ITM/ROI% balance. :)
 
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That's a great advice. Sometimes I realize that I am folding too much, because no playable cards were dealt to me in the last 3 orbits, let's say.
Then I think, "I am playing only my cards, when I should be playing my opponents too."
When I analyze my games later, I see that I was not 3-betting light in possible good spots, or that I did not try a squeeze when I should, or that I was folding when I should defend a big blind...
But that will always happen, because we are not GTO wizards heheh. It takes a lot of time and practice to master preflop.
 
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That's a great advice. Sometimes I realize that I am folding too much, because no playable cards were dealt to me in the last 3 orbits, let's say.
Then I think, "I am playing only my cards, when I should be playing my opponents too."
When I analyze my games later, I see that I was not 3-betting light in possible good spots, or that I did not try a squeeze when I should, or that I was folding when I should defend a big blind...
But that will always happen, because we are not GTO wizards heheh. It takes a lot of time and practice to master preflop.
Spot on! I often try to identify the opponents at my table that are just playing their cards. I assume this often is due to over multi-tabling. ;)
 
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its an even split i feel, between the cards you have and playing your opponents. I usually look for week players that go all in all the time and pounce on them when my cards are decent.
 
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I am sure that it is very good advice, although sometimes it is difficult to put it into practice effectively, I say this because many times we fall into distraction or fall into another player's game and everything ends badly
 
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Yes, great advice! Your opponents and also often their ranges, depending on their position. The later the position the more likely they are on a steal and you can try and resteal.
 
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