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  29-Aug-12, 07:44   #1
advice on how to play the best game possible a big multi table tourney 0 

Joined: Jan '12
Location: Canada
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i love to play multi table tourneys Big Smile but it seems im the king of bad beats Sad.. would love to hear some or any kind of advice on how to make it as far as possible.. and i would love to hear some of your bad beat stories.

Edited by topdogg (Wednesday, August 29, 2012 @ 07:48 GMT)

  29-Aug-12, 08:38   #2
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A tournament can be divided into various stages. Adapt your game according to these in order to be a successful player.

Early stage
You should play particularly tight at this stage and avoid all difficult decisions.

Middle stage/ late stage
You should use different strategies depending on the size of your stack. You therefore have to adapt your game accordingly. As a short- or middle stack you should play tight at this stage and not challenge the big stacks. If you have a stack of 15-25BB, you should focus on re-stealing.
In the late stage the blinds will have increased even more and the average chip stack will have become even smaller in comparison, usually amounting to about 20BB. The game tends to be close to the classic push-or-fold strategy that you know from SNGs. Nobody calls anymore and pushes all-in straightaway instead. The small stacks struggle to survive, while the big stacks use the power of their chips to put everybody else under pressure. Most pots are won without a showdown.

You shouldn't make any hasty moves and you should play very tight, especially if you have very few chips left. The big stacks in particular will put you in a tight spot whenever they have the opportunity to do so, forcing you to decide whether you want to risk your whole tournament.
It is a very bad idea to gamble in this situation. If you are eliminated you'll end up with nothing, despite getting very close to winning something.
Depending on the type of tournament the bubble starts in the middle or late stage.

In the Money
You can now set yourself a new goal: the final table.
In this stage you should also not rush in, but play your hands aggressive.

Final Table
The final table is full ring again. That means that better starting hands are around now. You should accordingly tighten up your game again. If you decide to play a hand though, play it aggressive.

Keep an eye on the different stack sizes. It is very unwise to challenge the chip leader if you hold the second highest amount of chips, and there are also a number of short stacks at the table who have a lot less chips than you do.
Also be sure to keep an eye on the payout structure. You can usually get to the much higher prize money by playing tight.

  29-Aug-12, 09:00   #3

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I really disagree with what Sorin888 has written for "bubble" IMHO do the exact opposite of what he's written if you wanna score big.

Beyond that - I really cbf writing up much strategy as I'm busy with exam study today. But basically - MTT variance is huge and the payouts are top heavy. So basically rather than aiming to cash in a lot of MTTs, just aim to run really deep in a few. Play to win that is - which basically means be super-aggressive at the bubble. And most importantly never ignore the shove/fold rule when you're around 20bb or less. If you're still limping/calling/raising when your stack is <20bb then you're doing it really really really wrong. Every single hand when <20bb is either shove or fold with the exception of when you're big blind and you get a free check - in which case shoving is still often a great idea, but you can check here too if you like.

  30-Aug-12, 08:12   #4
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Location: Philippines
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yeah mtt has a big variance...bad beats always happens....play your game and your style...one thing is very important it that don't do anything stupid...if your going out with your Aces that is good at least you have the hand...but don't call your KK in board with ace and 2 or 3 opponents has gone all in...play your game and you will win if not now it will be later.....

  30-Aug-12, 10:25   #5
Joined: Mar '11
Location: Germany
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Would also like to see godd advice regarding MTT.
Seems like I struggle in the mid game.
I often place ITM by playing tight in beginning and building up the stack, but during late midgame the stack shrinks again, I guess because I am playing too tight then, witing for good hands to come.
So I often end up shortstacked before the bubble, make it ITM, but not deeper in the tourney.

  1-Sep-12, 10:15   #6
Joined: Jun '10
Location: Belgium
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The later in the tournament it s important to try and steal blinds from time to time.
If there s no raise in early or middle position I often raise 4 BB with something like suited connectors.... or 2 high conected cards.
If the others fold you win the blinds + ante's
If you get called you still have good chances to hit
If you get raised you can better fold.

This keeps you from falling down when you re waiting for big hands.

  2-Sep-12, 01:33   #7

Joined: Apr '08
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 48 (M)
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My advice is to shove the lot in and pray to hell it holds up.. Thats what happens on PS and it seems to work for most of them.

Twice in the last week I've made it deep in the $1x3 turbo rebuy. Down to the last 100 or so.

First time I have KQ suited on the BB. Blinds are 75k/150k.. Folds to the SB who limps. I raise up to 900k.. He instacalls. flop is 3 of spades 2 of clubs Queen of clubs. he bets 1/2 his stack so ai go for the lot and shove all in. He instacalls with 6 of clubs 9 of clubs.. Naturally he hits the river club and I am crippled.. What the hell the idiot was doing calling a 6xBB raise with 6 9 out of position, god knows..

Second time I have AA in middle position. Blinds are 50k/100k. UTG is loose and raises alot, so when he raises to 300k I re-raise him up to $1.4 million. He snap calls. Flop is 3 of hearts 4 of hearts 5 of hearts and I have the Ace of hearts.. He bets 3 million so I shove my stack in and he's got me covered but by about 800k. Whoever wins this hand is looking at a final table place.

He turns over .. wait for it Ace of clubs 3 of spades..

Turn is another 5.. he hits the 3 on the river...

So the moral is this.. Don't bother playing the best hand.. just shove hte lot in and pray..

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