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Post | AceSweaty posted in MTT: ICM Rules of Thumb?

Anyone got any good rules of thumb for ICM situations / a mental checklist? I know +cEV shove/fold well but don't have ICM tuition and it frequently gets me into trouble.

Example bustout hand from $22 mini supersonic below approx 630/1250, top 630 or so paid:

Table '2962248053 175' 6-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: AceSweaty (23280 in chips)
Seat 2: rmpkrbr (20672 in chips)
Seat 3: sultanhenkie (70618 in chips)
Seat 4: Schmutzig (54096 in chips)
Seat 5: jdog199 (15402 in chips)
Seat 6: stannie1997 (25840 in chips)
AceSweaty: posts the ante 400
rmpkrbr: posts the ante 400
sultanhenkie: posts the ante 400
Schmutzig: posts the ante 400
jdog199: posts the ante 400
stannie1997: posts the ante 400
jdog199: posts small blind 800
stannie1997: posts big blind 1600
Dealt to AceSweaty [As Ts]
AceSweaty: raises 21280 to 22880 and is all-in
rmpkrbr: folds
sultanhenkie: folds
Schmutzig: raises 30816 to 53696 and is all-in
jdog199: folds
stannie1997: folds
Uncalled bet (30816) returned to Schmutzig
FLOP [3s 8c 2d]
TURN [3s 8c 2d] [Kh]
RIVER [3s 8c 2d Kh] [3h]
AceSweaty: shows [As Ts] (a pair of Threes)
Schmutzig: shows [Jh Ah] (a pair of Threes - Ace+King+Jack kicker)
Schmutzig collected 50560 from pot
AceSweaty finished the tournament in 1185th place
Total pot 50560 | Rake 0
Board [3s 8c 2d Kh 3h]
Seat 1: AceSweaty showed [As Ts] and lost with a pair of Threes
Seat 2: rmpkrbr folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: sultanhenkie folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: Schmutzig (button) showed [Jh Ah] and won (50560) with a pair of Threes
Seat 5: jdog199 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: stannie1997 (big blind) folded before Flop

July 26, 2020 | 10:57 p.m.

Thanks, I found this really insightful and it does seem well prepared tournament players could have a big edge for a while.

Am I missing something here... Could a simple and reasonable heuristic be to simply take the total pot size preflop x 0.66 and treat that as the effective BB size against which to take a 'usual' small opening size with a given stack size?

Feb. 24, 2019 | 1:08 p.m.

Hi Krzysztof

Great format of video. Just a couple of questions:
1) At 6:20, on the 9h8h2s 3c turn, could A5o be more of a check back than A6o because A6o blocks more turn x/r bluffs and missed river draws? More importantly, from the sims you've done, do you think bluffing blockers is a useful transferable idea to think about or not really?

2) At 12:50 when you change the turn to 9h8h2s 7h, have you experimented with a small lead size option to see if it's a lead range spot? I only ask because I noticed 20% pot size leads quite a bit on super high roller ball 5 footage when they were still relatively deep.

Keep up the good work!


Jan. 13, 2019 | 2:22 p.m.

Thanks, enjoyed the format a lot.

At 21:09 we hold Ad5d on As4h2d4dKs. Flop has gone x/c and turn x/c to a small bet. Do we not miss significant EV by not over betting this river vs his capped range and folding out his many chops? He likely has few combos of AA, KK and AK and we have the perfect hand to remove A4s and 54s trip combos and missed flush draws that can rebluff shove us?

July 31, 2018 | 7:45 p.m.

Post | AceSweaty posted in Chatter: Split Hold-em Strategy?

Is this game just a rake trap do we think or is there a good winrate to be had whilst the field figures it out? Suited aces must go up in value considerably and (low) PP's down. Any other major strategy adjustments?

March 28, 2018 | 3:21 p.m.

That makes sense thanks. Looking forward to a chance to trying that 25% 4bp lead :D

March 25, 2018 | 10:38 p.m.

Hi guys

Can anyone explain how the priciest PIO license works out preflop ranges (if it even makes any explicit recommendations at all)?

There are very different 3b and call 3b ranges across the pros still it seems.

March 24, 2018 | 2:24 p.m.

Black, when the top NL Zoom players review lower stakes NL footage they still discuss GTO plys vs exploitative plays and rake consideration. I don't see why beginner footage prohibits deeper discussion if and when closer spots are dealt?

Oct. 4, 2017 | 5:57 a.m.

At 35:30 you cold 4b the small blind with AKo 135bbish deep with the plan of folding to a shove. What is the maximum stack depth that this is 'always' a stack off do you think?

Aug. 2, 2017 | 6:40 a.m.

I've been away from the games for a while... Is there a general consensus emerging for the best pre-flop play in each of these spots:

1) BTN calling ranges - Am I right in thinking linear 3-betting ranges IP as well as OOP are advocated more now? Especially with weaker off-suit broadway hands?

2) SB calling ranges - When I last played the game opinion was split but many advocated not having an SB call range because of squeezing from the BB. Is this still the case vs BTN opens in particular because both ranges are weaker?

3) 3-betting vs EP - When I last played I remember some advocated no 3-betting range against 6m UTG because the frequency was too low. High stakes games seem to have a lot of 3-betting vs EP though, is this because 4bets can be flat IP? What about blinds vs 6m UTG?

June 11, 2017 | 5:10 p.m.

Comment | AceSweaty commented on Stakes strategy

This is all good advice, it's ultimately the same game you're playing at different stakes just with different numbers assigned to the chips in front of you.

June 11, 2017 | 4:50 p.m.

Hand History | AceSweaty posted in NLHE: Cold 4bet pot - questionable river shove
Blinds: $0.05/$0.10 (6 Players) BN: $13.10
SB: $14.04
BB: $17.29 (Hero)
UTG: $10.05
MP: $10.98
CO: $15.21
Preflop ($0.15) Hero is BB with J J
2 folds, CO raises to $0.25, BN calls $0.25, SB raises to $1.00, Hero raises to $2.00, CO folds, BN folds, SB calls $1.00
Flop ($4.50) T 5 5
SB checks, Hero bets $1.40, SB calls $1.40
Turn ($7.30) T 5 5 8
SB checks, Hero bets $2.90, SB calls $2.90
River ($13.10) T 5 5 8 A
SB checks, Hero bets $10.99 and is all in, SB calls $7.74 and is all in
Final Pot SB lost and shows two pair, Nines and Fives.
BB wins and shows two pair, Jacks and Fives.
BB wins $27.29
Rake is $1.29

June 3, 2017 | 12:56 p.m.

EDIT: Stupid question.

June 2, 2017 | 2:31 p.m.

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