Need tips on playing live turnament

    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      Joined: 13.11.2009 Posts: 317
      Hello,

      I am micro limit, FR cash player, and i have recently started playing live turnaments in local casino. I played couple of times, and i have never been even close to money.

      There are 56 players in turnament. And payout structure is realy bad. Only first three get money. You get 5000 chips, and starting blind is 25/50, and every 20 miniute blind goes up.

      Players are ridicilusly bad, berly knowing rules. Very loose, there are usualy 5 callers prefop. They limp AA KK. They chase every draw to river. Some of them even don't know rules.

      What's best strategy, shuld i play loose preflop, or tight. Are they any tells, i shuld pay atention on.

      I'm winning cash player for past two years. But just don't know how to play against these guys. :/ I know there is no exact strategy that wuld take me to money, but any tips wuld be welcome.
  • 3 replies
    • amplifyd
      amplifyd
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      Joined: 03.08.2009 Posts: 1,769
      Limp/call stuff that flops nuts in multiway pots early on - pay attention to odds ofc.

      Later on tight agrro shud work.
    • PokerPirate1
      PokerPirate1
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      Joined: 19.08.2010 Posts: 43
      Hi, here is my piece of advice, apart of online poker (6.50 sngs at FT) I regulary play live tournaments up to roughly 100 usd buy in for recreational purposes mostly :s_cool:

      I am fully familiar with the low level of play at these games. There is no discussions that to beat it, you have to exploit the tendencies these fish generally have.
      At first, if you are a cash player, you have a huge edge in the early stages, when the stacks are fairly deep (up to 200 or even 300bbs at some events) so the fish tend to limp anything and see flops, then they stack off fairly easily with any hit or a draw. As you are sure used to, pay very close attention to pot odds, the fish will not do any work for you here, they generally dont have a clue on how much is in the pot or how big is their stack, therefore their betsizing is easily exploitable if you just try a bit (lots of minbets, minraising, useless overbeting etc). So get a big stack early, when the fish are still in and can pay you off.
      A bit of a problem comes with the structure, in cheaper live tourneys the blinds generally tend to increase very steeply compared to online, so you often get to push-fold phase in a few levels and you dont get much time to play the middle phase game. Think of it and be wary of loose calls of your pushes. Tight is right.
      Next, try out a few low stakes tournaments online to become more tilt averse :D

      Tells are a marginal thing, there is much more to exploit than some eye ticks and the way someone eats cookies ;)

      The biggest problem of live tourneys, and thats why I think of them rather as a recreation, are high fees and ridiculously harsh payout structues, which combinated makes them in fact very hard to beat even if the players are so bad. It definitely will not make you much money, that becomes more interesting with the bigger stakes around 1000bucks, which are on the other hand usually a bit of a nitfest.
      If you want to make money playing live tourneys, get a laptop and play a few tables online while you once in a time get a look at your hand at the live table :)

      Best wishes, get the chips and let the fish at least pay you for your beers :s_biggrin:
    • Pnnkaznk
      Pnnkaznk
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      Joined: 13.11.2009 Posts: 317
      Originally posted by PokerPirate1
      If you want to make money playing live tourneys, get a laptop and play a few tables online while you once in a time get a look at your hand at the live table :)

      Best wishes, get the chips and let the fish at least pay you for your beers :s_biggrin:
      Hehe, i don't like playing online turnaments becouse they are so SLOW, and much more variance there. And i'm very good in micro cash games :f_love: . I usualy get bored if i play less then 24 fast cash tables. But, i find these live turnaments very enterteining.

      Tyvm both, for your responses.