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$8 buyin tournament., Standard play or bad play... - Wed Sep 10, 2014, 02:43 AM
flembinio's Avatar
Since: Nov 2013
Posts: 11
Hey guys,

This is a hand from late stages $8 buyin tournament.
what do you think? good shove or should've waited to ladder up a few more places (finished 48)

Wed Sep 10, 2014, 10:11 AM
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Wed Sep 10, 2014, 10:23 AM
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Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,832
Hi flembinio!

One key piece of information is left out here.... a read on the blinds? Are they tight or loose and how often are they 3-betting?

The reason that I ask is that with 15.5BB, while I can shove KQs here... it may not be the best play. If the opps are tighter or passive, then I'm just going to make a min-raise here instead of shoving. I should get the same % of folds and it gives me an out if either of the blinds wakes up with a monster hand.

When playing MTT's I tend to not open-shove until I get down to 10-12BB, not at 15.5 like here. With this stack size, I'm looking more for a spot to resteal over someone's opening raise.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

John (JWK24)


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Wed Sep 10, 2014, 01:18 PM
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Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 116
I don't think it is a bad play. There is 30,000 in the pot, so stealing blinds is important way to increase your chipstack( 30,000 chips is a stack increase of 16%!). However, as JWK already said, information about the players is important. If both or one of the two players are re-raising a lot or calling raises relative loose, than I prefer to just go all-in preflop. Otherwise (if both players are tight), I might just raise so I don't risk my whole stack.

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