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I when I can arrive at a final table play but calmly always expecting the best possible
Everyone is expecting to have good cards, and not make any errors, but that's nothing to do with your behaviour on a final table. It really depends how much chips you have and your position. After looking at this, you can tell what should be your style of game.
It needs to be relaxed and without bumping. Play harder than usual in my opinion and should not be burdensome. You always have to play that your goal is to jump into the money list, ie. to try as much as you can to get yourself to get more money.
I when I can arrive at a final table play but calmly always expecting the best possible cards because any mistake you will be out of the tournament
With the same game that took me to final table, but, taking into consideration the prizes of final table... Yeah, I'm more attentive to the short and big stakes (And the behavior of the players left in the table)
You definitely want to play more aggressive, but not wreck-less. You want to have a table image of someone that won't be pushed around and that if someone wants to take your chips, they either better have the goods or better have the guts. Just make sure you have more guts.
depending on the stack I have decided how to play, but usually I try to play very calm and trying to wait for good plays, if I am a leader I try to press a little to those who are short and also depend on how the other players are playing, they are Several factors that I take into consideration
our first rule of the game at the final table: we play on icm. second: it all depends on our stack, if we are actively playing a chip leader we open a lot from late streets and constantly apply pressure! if we are waiting for a short card, but not only a card, but also we are looking for a situation to double! if we are the middle stack we put pressure on equal stacks! Good luck to everyone at the tables!
I also try to play as safe as I can, of course I think sometimes I have my crazy moments and it is exactly as you say any mistake can leave you out of the tournament, but often the strongest cards do not work because of that sometimes that take risks and especially if they never get those cards that we need or when the rest of the players are very aggressive
One thing is all the people at the final table have wore out the luck of the cards to get there. I.E. The have played the percentage to the tilt now its a down right dirty new beginning. I like to look conservative and buy blinds every third to fifth round so you don't get blinded out.
When there is only two players I just go all in whenever the other guy is ready. Any two cards are good and I like to freak them out that way. Which hand do you call.
I agree with the other that is will depend on your stack size and players at the table. The one think I would say you should do is enjoy the final table. Many people I know get there and stop playing there game and stress out over every move. If you just play your game and know you have already done something great to get this far and just enjoy the moment you would have fun no mater how it ends up.
It is also about your opponents. For instance, once i had medium stack and we were last 7. Biggest stack didn’t accept the deal even though he wasn't that big. All the other guys wanted really badly and even tried to convince him. However than i just started to play more agro and put pressure on other small and medium stacks . Most of them became too tight and i became one of the chip lead. Last 3 we made the icm deal and i had the lead. You can’t wait just good cards,i think the most important thing is icm pressure. Be aware of that anyway
Two comments here caught my attention. Waiting for a good hand makes sense to me. THE OTHER i got a chuckle from but I ahve actually tried it ......... and that is to wait until some of the players at the final table beat each other up. That way I slip up the money list. Ha ha
Some rivals will strongly resist, so it is important to choose the right opponents. As always in poker, it all depends on many factors, but if there are a lot of short stacks at the table, then this is a great opportunity to put pressure on players with medium stacks who definitely don’t want to fly out before them.
Depends on tournament structure, opponents, prize structure etc.
I really like to dominate the table if my opponents are playing weakly, forcing them into spots where they have no choice but fold toss-up hands and force myself through to victory. But as opponents rarely allow this, I am versatile enough to wait and trap them if necessary while hoping some prize jumps without losing too much of my stack.