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SH and HU player trying micro/low stakes MTT

    • ragney
      Joined: 02.08.2010 Posts: 2,417
      Heya, can anyone explain me some difference in SH/HU play compared to MTT?

      The main problem is when having 20-40bb before or during the bubble, how are we suppose to play, assuming that most players on micros are bad.

      When I have more than 50bb the game is pretty easy because I can apply my 'postflop' game from my SH/HU game which usually grants me a huge edge on them.

      So questions like how tight or loose should I play when having 20-40bb before and during the bubble?

      How do the players look like on the final table, and how we do play? Do we play it both aggressive preflop and postflop or?
  • 2 replies
    • ragney
      Joined: 02.08.2010 Posts: 2,417
      God damnit I cant get used to how tight people are when having 5-8BB. I mean today and for the past week I've been playing about 20-30 ~$3-5 MTT's and every short stacked player with about 5-8BB is super tight, is this normal?

      Edit: is this a clear fold? No way I fold these given the stacksize on SH/HU sng's lol

      Poker Stars, $3 Buy-in (800/1,600 blinds, 160 ante) No Limit Hold'em Tournament, 9 Players
      Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

      UTG+1: 31,904 (19.9 bb)
      UTG+2: 47,624 (29.8 bb)
      MP1: 66,584 (41.6 bb)
      MP2: 10,400 (6.5 bb)
      MP3: 21,130 (13.2 bb)
      CO: 58,405 (36.5 bb)
      BTN: 5,000 (3.1 bb)
      Hero (SB): 14,020 (8.8 bb)
      BB: 66,958 (41.8 bb)

      Preflop: Hero is SB with Ah Jd
      2 folds, MP1 calls 1,600, MP2 raises to 10,240 and is all-in, 3 folds, Hero raises to 13,860 and is all-in, 2 folds

      Flop: (25,120) 4s 6h Ks (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      Turn: (25,120) 7h (2 players, 2 are all-in)
      River: (25,120) Kh (2 players, 2 are all-in)

      Results: 25,120 pot
      Final Board: 4s 6h Ks 7h Kh
    • Asaban
      Joined: 22.09.2006 Posts: 9,180
      Hi ragney and welcome to the mtt strategy forum!

      First of all I will comment on your hand: Well played!
      Nothing more to say imo.
      If you are not sure if you played a hand well you might open a thread in our mtt hand evaluation forums. The hand will be judged by one of our professional coaches there.

      If you search for more informations on tournament play in general you may find useful tips in our strategy articles, as well as in our mtt video section.

      The biggest problem for you should be the concept of ICM as well as playing short to mid stacksizes. Especially the ranges for pushing and calling pushes will be an important part in the process of beating mtt's.

      For the mid stacksizes (25+40BB) you can open quite frequently and just play the players postflop. You will just have to adjust your open raising range to the shorter stack (f.e. less drawing hands like suited conectors and more blind steals from late positions). If you have a shorter Stack you will have to get tighter. With a stack <20BB you have to open push or repush more often instead of open raising and 3betting. You may find further informations on it in the strategy articles as well as in the videos.

      If you have further questions feel free to ask.