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I've noticed playing bigger slower tournaments has its advantages! I found a way to exploit the opponants heavily and improving your chances for a good score significantly. However my skills in preflop range shoving and general tournament skills are limited, this can apply to all of poker.

But in order to exploit your opponants heavily you'll have to put in tremendous and I mean tremendous amount of effort. This is what I did.

 

I played the Sunday Million last sunday and I decided to only play that tournament and focus 100% on every single hand being played.

This is what I did:

I made notes on everything, and I mean everything! If I see them 2x opening EP, then I wrote a note 2X opens EP,MP 3xSB etc. Same for their 3bet sizes + IP or OOP.

Secondly I wrote down whether they were capable of checking as aggressor. If CB how much? 35% 42% or is it a round number? This makes a big difference, as sometimes they just bet full bigblinds with certain types of hands on certain flops. Thus allowing you to make reads towards future bets and or showdown.

Don't forget to write down whether the caller is folding, floating how he does it reraise? if reraise what size compared to CB?

Then finally also write this down for turn and river play. Combined with this make notes on how long it takes for them to react. If you notice someone tanks a while and calls, then snap folds turn. This is a major thing you can abuse.

I know this seems a lot and a lot of waste of time and effort. However after a while these notes clearly show the regulars and the fish out there. In just a couple dozen hands you can start abusing the fish and reads. I literally made various plays on them based on these patterns not caring what my hand was.

 

But as you all know you've been facing weird patterns by players with whom you had plenty of hands... concider if you would've made those efforts then, you'd know exactly what to think of the player. And all it takes is a lot of effort to make money? Well if I'm not mistaken thats how to beat poker. With effort studying watching steady play and abusing them opponants weaknesses.

 

I'll end this blog with a last bith of advice in bigger tournaments. You all know you have to abuse the bubble. But keep in mind, those players stalling before folding every hand, won't play back at you! They value getting ITM too much. I'd shove 27o against them as they only call with the premiums of premiums.

 

Hopefully you decide to get more active on your tables! See you on the tables

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