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MTT Strategy: The Late Phase

The late phase of a tournament is characterised by a further increase in the blinds and a further decrease in the size of the stacks relative to the blinds. The average stack here is often only 20 BBs, which exerts great influence on the dynamics of the game.

As already described in the article on the middle phase, stealing the blinds in order to keep our stack constant (or even increase it, if possible) remains an important aspect of the game. If we carry on playing only tight, careful poker we will in the end lose most of our chips paying the blinds and the ante.

In this article we look at how to defend ourselves against attempted blind steals, and under what circumstances we can or can't call all-in.

The re-steal

"Re-steal" is the term for re-raising a (suspected) blind steal from a late position. In many cases our stack is so small that we can go all-in right away. The main advantage of a re-steal is that we can win a much bigger pot than with the classic blind steal, because it contains not only the blinds and the ante but also the would-be blind stealer's raise. A successful re-steal thus increases our stack substantially.

The primary goal of a re-steal is to win the pot before the flop.

  • Example

    Nine players, blinds: 500/1000, ante: 100
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