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/Dec/2011

STT or knockout STT

By: Grade b @ 17:42 (EST) / 671 / Comment ( 0 )

A review of Two STT's
so I figured it was time to give STT's another go.  I read in the PSO forums that the knockout format  can be quite soft.  So I fired up one "normal" and one knock out.
 
(I also had an MTT playing for a total of 3 tables)
 
So I played both formats in the same manner.  I think!
 
So first off the knock out, you get a bonus of 27cents if you knock someone out.

Early on i made a note of the VPIP stats at the table.  48, 52, 5(me), 43, 43, 57, 5.  This was towards the end of level 3.  As you can see two players have been eliminated already.

The preflop action in this early hand (the first I played) was pretty typical to this point.  Notice the two limpers before I act.

 
Now normally I would raise more with two limpers but didn't want to bloat the pot too much with what after all is a moderate holding out of position.

I decided i should put my nitty tight image to good use and play a few hands I normally would not play.



However this is something that can get you in trouble.  Note the attempted bluff...
 

 
ok so got lucky which is always nice,

very next hand same cards same result..


 
now I know I have 66 both hands but I feel much better about the second one given the two relative stack sizes.
 
we played 3 handed for nearly 30 hands until


 
which pretty much sealed the deal for me, I went on to win the game and collect 5 bounties (4 knock outs plus my own)
 
On to the reg STT
 VPIP Stats at the same time in the game

17,5 (me), 20, 27,14,30

So although the table is playing tighter we have actually lost one extra player.

My first hand (i played)was a BBS



I have no idea what Slapgore was thing in this hand I can only assume he misread his hand.
 
He did get some revenge very next BB though



However given the big calling station I had marked him as I nearly folded to his re-raise pre-flop, but decided I could risk some chips and hope to hit big as he would then spew his stack my way.  But when I missed  time to go away.

Ever have one of those hands when your opponent just doesn't want to go away?



Interestingly at this point the table tighten up (bubble effect) and i stole lots of pots uncontested.
it was all looking rosy after the bubble broke until one villain finally picked up a hand, now is that fair?
 

 
I managed to hand about and get heads up finally losing and taking second place.
 
Conclusion
Both games were similar, and defiantly beatable by playing simple ABC Tag style poker.  I attempted a few steals I didn't need to try, but at the same time as we got towards the bubble stealing was defiantly profitable.  I shall be trying some more of these soon
 
Grade b 

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