This is a discussion on Time within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Hello I want to ask you if you use the clock in their favor when playing tournaments. Do you have any tricks for example, when
Hello I want to ask you if you use the clock in their favor when playing tournaments. Do you have any tricks for example, when there are fewer players to eliminate to cash in. And do you think that these tricks with time worth?
I try not to use my timebank in a game except if it's really needed.. Clock can be very usefull in a poker game to take decision. But, in a strategy, I can wait to the last second before it starts to make a move. Ex : I turn a boat or a quads.. I suspect my opponent to run after a flush...
With time it can be worthy.. it depends on what are your plans doing it.
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I use the clock to my advantage when I am in a tournament with only 2 or 3 tables still playing. In most cases we have passed the bubble and in the money at this stage but the real money is only when you reach the final table. I slow my play down and run out the clock when I plan to fold. I want my table to play slower slow we lose chips to the blinds and antes at a slower rate. In particular, if another table has more players they will see fewer blinds than we will at our table unless we slow play down. I have used this "trick" a number of times and have been successful in reaching the final table more than once. The other big reason to slow down is to protect my chips while the small stacks start going all in and eliminating themselves.
Unless I plan on saving my timebank for later on when I get deeper into a tourney post bubble, I would tend to try and make quicker decisions during the first hour or so of reg. Sometimes if it is approaching the money bubble or at the money bubble, I will use like a quarter of my timebank per hand till it ends up breaking the bubble. It can be the little things that make all the difference.
I usually use the bank of time when there are few players left and I do not have many chips as I would like, I also use it when there are players who have very few chips and it is close to the increase of the blinds, so that it is forced to an all in
I use my time back mostly when I have a decision to make in a hand I am not sure about. It allows me to make better decisions in bigger hand. I could use it on the bubble but dont. I have no issues when it is used by players but rather not use it myself.
I have stalled before in the hopes that others will bust before me, but where I play most now, once the tournament gets close to the bubble, they switch to hand-for-hand play, so there is zero point in stalling.