QUICK add-on question

ChuckTs

ChuckTs

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I've never been as stacked as i am right now (6K) at the first break
I've got 5.5K with blinds about to hit 100/200

Should i add on??

I usually add on because i'm around 1 to 3K in chips and need that extra 1000.

p.s. the chipleaders are 10K, 10K, 9,9,9,9,8,8,777 etc

im also 30th of 200 left
 
ChuckTs

ChuckTs

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meh time ran out...i made my decision but am still curious - do you guys add on in this situation?
 
ChuckTs

ChuckTs

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$10 buy in, same for rebuy and add-on.
I hadn't rebought in this particular tourney.
 
Tammy

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If your bankroll allows it, you bet. I'm all for taking any advantage you can to help you to the finish (as long as it's not cheating).
 
t1riel

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$10 just for an extra 1,000. I don't think it's going to help you than much Chuck. I don't think the price is right for the add on. I know you already made your decision but that's my opinion.
 
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maxsanders_13

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I am not sure about this, it should be about how confident you are, an extra 1k when u will still be 3k of CL and ur stack will be about yhe same is not really worth it, may aswell take a 1k pot with the best ahdn off another play, with these blinds you can easily do so!
 
Dorkus Malorkus

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I can't believe there is even a shred of debate about this. I'll post my thoughts later once I've seen some more responses, because as far as I'm concerned it's a very easy decision.
 
ChuckTs

ChuckTs

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I ended up adding on.
The competition is so easy to bully, i just had to. The addon moved me up like 10 positions aswell.

Either way, it didn't matter...just busted out vs. a calling station monkey who hit his river.
I'm actually not that pissed, i'm just going to keep pounding at this 6K and the 5 and 4Ks as much as i can - it's just so damn easy. And no that's not me gloating; the money really is very easy in those tournaments. All you have to do is play a solid game and with a little luck, you'll be fine.
 
Osmann

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I agree with Dorkus that there's no discussion so lets hope he agrees with my answer:) .

Don't add on!!! You are adding 1/6 to your stack for the prize of a buyin in the tourney. The extra chips you get are not going to make any difference to how far you are going to get in the tourney.
 
ChuckTs

ChuckTs

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that's what i thought the general concensus was....add on if you have 1-3 buy ins and if you have more don't add on....oh well
i actually personally thought it helped, but really wasn't worth the $10.
 
Dorkus Malorkus

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ChuckTs said:
that's what i thought the general concensus was....add on if you have 1-3 buy ins and if you have more don't add on....oh well
i actually personally thought it helped, but really wasn't worth the $10.

Chuck, two questions

1) Do you consider yourself to be a better player than the majority of other players in these events?

2) Why do you think I asked you question 1? ;)
 
robwhufc

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t1riel said:
$10 just for an extra 1,000. I don't think it's going to help you than much Chuck. I don't think the price is right for the add on. I know you already made your decision but that's my opinion.
I agree - it gives you an extra hand to play, but you've worked into a good enough position now that the real poker is beginning.

The one live tourney I played (i need to play again!), I rebought because I had 3,000 chips and the opposition had similar - apart from the table leader who had 16,000 chips. He still paid another £5 for an extra 1,000 chips!
 
Dorkus Malorkus

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Okay, a couple of assumptions before I go any further.

1) Your long term expectancy is that you have a positive ROI for this tourney. Let's throw 50% out there just for the sake of a simple calculation later.

2) The cost of the addon is the same as the initial buyin

3) The number of chips given by the addon is the same as the number of chips everyone started with.

By adding on, with an expectancy of an ROI of 50% you are gaining 1500 chips in value for the cost of 1000 chips, 500 more chips than the average player in this tourney. Unless you're not sufficiently bankrolled for the event (in which case I'd ask why play it?), why pass up on this edge?

Yeah, there comes a point where the diminishing value of extra chips would probably make it -EV to add on, but I'd suggest that this comes at around 20k at least here, certainly not 5.5k.
 
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starfall

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I'd say that with the stack size he had, the add-on wasn't a great idea. The main point where it would be worthwhile would be to stop yourself being seriously short-stacked compared to the blinds. If you have a decent chip stack, then the proportionate increase won't make enough of a difference for doubling your outlay to be worthwhile - if you look at it as a return on investment percentage, then you'd have to expect to on average win twice as much, and getting less than 1/3 extra chips, I don't think you're going to see that difference.
I'd agree with the general view that when you're really short-stacked it's worthwhile, and when you've got a huge stack it's not, but I'd disagree with Dorkus about where that cut-off is, and put it at more like 4K here, with those sizes of blinds, and those chip stacks.
 
F

Fish

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It's an easy choice.
ADD-ON!

You shouldn't be playing a rebuy tourney if you don't understand why you should get the add-on every time.

For those of you who think that it is not worth it (especially in this instance), you are more than likely a "results oriented" type player.
This is not a good thing.
 
JessieBear15331

JessieBear15331

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I say don't add on.
Having over 5K post-break is pretty impressive. Not chip leader, but nowhere near short stack.
Chuck, you are a very well educated and accomplished poker player.:icon_thum :congrats: You don't need to add-on. If you want to, feel free, but if you don't need it(and you don't), why not save the $10 and enter another tourney?
 
ChuckTs

ChuckTs

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okay i'm seeing both sides of the story here, from very competent players here and can't decide which is the best decision...
Like i said in my previous post, I had previously heard that adding on if you were a big stack was 'pointless' - basically you're paying the full amount of the buyin for a small fraction of your stack to add on.
The big reason to add on is to give you a bigger stack to help you with dealing with the blinds, and give you more elbow room with playing.
Where do you draw the line though? When you've reached 5000 chips? (assuming you start with 1K) 10K? more?
I added on, because i compared myself to the other big stacks in the tourney, and wanted to give myself some extra room. I am confident enough that if I have 5K or more after the break, that i will hit money - and when i hit money, i often make it fairly far in the tournament. (this time i didn't, but you can't win em all, right?)
 
starfall

starfall

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Chuck, I think the question you're asking isn't quite right - you asked where to draw the line compared to the starting stack? What's important is your stack size compared to the shortest stacks, and the blinds. After that consider your stack compared to the average and largest stacks.
The stack size compared to the starting stack isn't really as important as whether you have enough to handle the blinds and put at least some players all-in to put the pressure on them. The more players you can put pressure on the better, hence looking at stacks compared to other players. From what you'd said you had plenty for the blinds for the time being, and you would be able to put pressure on a lot of the players to steal blinds, so I don't think the rebuy was necessary - because it depends on the remaining players and stacks it's hard to put a particular figure on it, though.
 
Dorkus Malorkus

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You have a choice. Players around you are adding on for an average of 1000 chips in value.

(I'm making the same assumptions I made in my last post here)

1) Pay 0 for 0 extra chips. Neutral EV, I guess.

2) Pay the same price the others are paying for average 1k chips in value for 1.5k chips in value. Obviously +EV.

Anyone care to dispute this?

starfall said:
If you have a decent chip stack, then the proportionate increase won't make enough of a difference for doubling your outlay to be worthwhile - if you look at it as a return on investment percentage, then you'd have to expect to on average win twice as much, and getting less than 1/3 extra chips, I don't think you're going to see that difference.

This logic is flawed.

1) It ignores the fact that the person considering the add on may well have already rebought multiple times.

2) It ignores the fact that other people are adding on as well.
 
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Allsopp

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add-on everytime without any shadow of a doubt.

whether your stack size is 500 or 50000.

in poker you should do anything you can to increase your edge in a tournament and if you are looking at value for the add-on then you really are playing the wrong game.

you need to invest to expect a return. 1000 chips at this level is 5 more BB's if everyone add-on's you are at a disadvantage to the field and shorter stacks will begin to catch you up if you dont add-on.

i cannot understand the theory of not adding on because you dont get value for money!
 
titans4ever

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When I do enter a re-buy tournament I am assuming that no matter what I am going to do the add-on or why bother playing that style of game. I don't really think it is an option most of the time, you have to do it. I don't look at the face value of the chips that I am buying as much as what not buy means to me.

Chip values change in tournaments based on what size stacks you have compared to everyone else at the table and what the blinds are. In the first 15 min a 3k stack is good because the blinds are 10/20 and you should be the big stack. 2 hours later and you are still at 3k, the blinds are 1000/2000 and now you are the short stack. You are not doing so well yet you have maintained the whole time. Without doing the add-on you are giving away chips to the rest of the players who do.

The average stack at the break is say 3k, well after eveyone that does the add-on is done the average stack just moved to 3.5k to 3.75k depending on how may people just did the rebuy and size of the tournament. Your chips just lost some of thier value since the total chips in play just went up by 10% or more.

I think doing an add-on even if you are the chip leader is a good thing.
 
bubbasbestbabe

bubbasbestbabe

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I play alot of rebuys and addons. The main reason you want to do the add on is to keep your position at the table. By not adding on you take the chance of dropping your position and having other players move up on you. And later on when you are trying for the final table you need to keep your position as you well know.
 
nateofdeath

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Dorkus Malorkus said:
Unless you're not sufficiently bankrolled for the event (in which case I'd ask why play it?), why pass up on this edge?


While I understand and agree with the logic that one should always add on (though I must admit to not always doing it) I had a follow up question. Should one also, by the same logic, always rebuy right away at the beginning (if playing at a site which allows it, presuming some don't) and always double rebuy when you're eliminated?

-n
 
Dorkus Malorkus

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Yes, always.

Chips = power, and you want to be getting maximum value for your strong hands.
 
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