I think an ABC approach of solid fundamentals and well timed aggression will enable you to have a positive ROI at the lower stakes. The problem is it'll only be a small ROI and the problem with a small ROI is that it comes with massive variance! So you could be doing everything right to get that 10/20% ROI but variance has you going on runs of busting or min cashing 50 tourneys in a row. Or more maybe!
My plan is to keep to strict bankroll management ie 100 buyins for <1000 player tourneys and 150 buyins for >1000 player tourneys. That way I can afford to play more aggressive as I'm not so afraid to bust out. Hopefully with experience and study I'll get better at playing more aggro and move up quicker. That's the plan! HA!
May 8, 2020 | 4:41 p.m.
It goes in on the turn SeX
I agree with Hybrid. x/r shove on the flop. He has a lot of drawing hands that we're ahead of at this stage. I do quite like the idea of x/c flop to get more value form his bluffs but I think the pot is so big compared to our stack than taking it down the pot uncontested on the flop is a big win at the final table .And also you avoid the tricky situation where V checks back the turn and we see a mucky river.
May 7, 2020 | 3:47 p.m.
From what I've read we definitely have to open our ranges when playing turbos. Its even more important to accumulate chips than in a standard tournament because the blind are going up quicker. Your not seeing more hands in a turbo than you do in a standard tournament so you need to more aggressive with the hands you do see.
I've played quite a lot of small stakes tournaments now with limited success. I put this down (mainly to variance, I must just be running bad! Ha!) mainly to the fact that I play too ABC. I've read a lot that the most profitable strategy is to play aggressive to get a big stack early and than lever your advantage of having a big stack at key moments to go on to more final tables.
So my general answer (albeit from a breakeven/losing standpoint) would be to play more aggressive in general and even more so in tournaments.
May 7, 2020 | 3:31 p.m.
I think I would check back the flop as its not the best for our range. If villain is aggressive I definitely prefer a check as they could check raise shove killing our equity. Once we check back the flop if villain checks to us on the turn I would have bet 75% to hopefully take it down there. If the river looked good for you like a T, J, Q, K say I would shove to put him under a lot of pressure with a weak A or small pair. I think the 7 is bad for you so I would just give up after he's called your large turn bet.
May 5, 2020 | 4:21 p.m.
Not a lot of advice to give you unfortunately mate, as I'm also struggling to move up! I just thought I'd say I think these are good questions which I'm also often thinking about.
- I think we still definitely have to bluff a fair bit. The key is timing and finding the right players. Yes there's players that will risk there tournament life with bottom pair but the majority of players will not risk it with anything less than a good top pair. I've seen/read Vanessa Selbst talking about being more aggressive early in tournaments to build or stack and therefore risking busting early because when you do get a big stack you have a much better shot at winning or atleast making the final table and this has a better ROI than grinding out min cashes. This is something I'm trying to do. All be it with very little success to talk about at the minute!
I started writing bullet points there like I had a lot to list but that's all I've got right now! Ha
May 5, 2020 | 4:03 p.m.
CO: 13,588 (Hero)
CO lost and shows high card Ace.
SB lost and shows high card Ace.
BB wins and shows three of a kind, Eights.
BB wins 56,935
May 5, 2020 | 3:28 p.m.
Yea tough spot. I agree with Flight_Risk though. I'd probably fold due to the fact you look like you have very low fold equity vs a range that opens UTG and then wants to cbet into this mutli-way pot. Feels wrong saying that as its a ko tourney and you called pre to get it in with a flush draw in a spot like this. I'm too nitty aswell! Ha