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/Nov/2010

Small Stacked Early---Fight For Your Points

By: sleepyolman @ 12:39 (EST) / 219 / Comment ( 1 )

Hello to one and all.

Today i would like to talk a bit about Early Tournament play by the players who for one reason or other find themselves with less than average chips after the first 40 minutes of play.   First, let me tell you that i am familiar with multivariate statististics; exactly the same math used to predict the various outcomes of your hole cards before you see the flop, the turn, or the river.    A major problem in achieving the area of good tournament points for many players is the aggressive player at the table who puts such pressure on the smaller stacks that they are forced to fold their blinds and antes for fear of going out early. What can be done ? How can you play against such a sinister force at the table? Well, the answer is simply, PLAY  PSO  POKER !   Let's consider the typical table, After the first minute or two there is 1 bigger stack, 1-2 smaller stacks, a "sitter" and the rest with 2500 less a blind or two. Now, if the aggressors at the table start to bet 600 into a 2500 player, and you know you should fold your average holding so you click the fold button and fold only to watch the others fold so quickly and the hand is over in 30 seconds with the aggressor winning the blinds.

Sound Familiar ? ?   Now, in almost no time at all, the blinds have travelled around the table and again and history repeats and the writing is on the wall....another slow slide into a 300 or 200 finish with nothing to show but a minus 5-10 points. After 20 minutes or so of this agony, perhaps another "sitter" is transferred to the table and you see he has 60 or 90 chips more than the "sitter" at your table.    Now, you just came here to learn and play better; perhaps that difference doesn't mean a thing to you but to a real observer, it's  something to think about. If they have an extra 60-90 now, could they, at this lessened rate of atropy, survive another round or two of blinds, thereby going further in the tourny and possibly losing less tourny points or maybe even getting to positive points ?  Why do they have more chips? The answer is ever so simple; they were playing at a table were there was not so much rapid fire winning by the big stacks. Perhaps there was good action at the table with several players contesting every hand...that would explain it. Another explaination would be that the small stacked players were playing more agressively. NO WAY to play aggressive against a big stack without losing your chips, you say. Well, there's aggression and then there's aggression,..... of another form. Passive Aggression (PA) is a way to fight for your points. Suppose you and the other small stacks decide you don't want to  laydown for the super fast hands. What you can do is to take the full 10 seconds EVERY TIME you get an option to play. If you try this(clocking) you will find yourself keeping the big stacks at bay for an additional 10-40 seconds per hand. Now multiply this 10-40 sec by the other smaller stacks who understand this process and you find the big stacks can't take nearly as many of your chips as they were before. PSO made the rules for everyone's use and if you don't take advantage, you're doomed to more negative points finishes than necessary.

There is another benefit to the time use(clocking) and that is you don't give any subtle hints as to the quality of the hand you play or fold. You will see you get much more respect for your bet if you make one. Already i have seen the big stack fold more often to my reraise. Others don't call the overbet as much and still others don't call your bet as often. 'Clocking' has its' reward in several areas and sometimes throws a big stack off his(or her) normal game allowing  you to win a hand or two you usually wouldn't win.
And finally, can anyone help me to bet more moderately.............please

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