# Tournament Play

• Bronze
Joined: 07.10.2014
Hi, I have been playing/observing in the MTT \$5 tournaments and the more successful players ie those with 5000+ chips seem to know when to take the plunge even on a single Ace hand, if you play the safe option AA, KK etc... they hardly ever come up on a 9 player table, I only had one in over 2 hours so how do they "know" when is a good time to bet even on a weak hand?
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• Super Moderator
Super Moderator
Joined: 02.09.2010
Hi, hardlife66,
They can guess by how often a player enters the pot what range of hands he or she is playing. They can also tell by the position of the player what the likely range is.

For example, a player who only plays 5% of all pots, is playing 88+,AJs+,KQs,AKo
Against this person a good player will fold pretty much anything that isn't JJ+

A player opening 40% of his hands is playing 44+,A2s+,K2s+,Q4s+,J7s+,T7s+,97s+,87s,A3o+,K7o+,Q8o+,J8o+,T8o+

Against that range, he might play
55+,A4s+,KTs+,A7o+,KJo+

I used the free program "Equilab" for this.
This is the output:

Equity     Win     Tie
MP2    41.03%  39.18%   1.84% { 44+, A2s+, K2s+, Q4s+, J7s+, T7s+, 97s+, 87s, A3o+, K7o+, Q8o+, J8o+, T8o+ }
BB     58.97%  57.13%   1.84% { 55+, A4s+, KTs+, A7o+, KJo+ }

You can get Equilab from the Poker Tools button at the top of this page.

That is just the pre-flop part -- he may also get clues as to how the other player plays post-flop.

Best of luck,
--VS
• Bronze
Joined: 07.10.2014
Thanks for that, it's starting to become a bit clearer now