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Topic : Seat- and table selection

Foreword: Once again a small quiz for you . This time we'll be dealing with the topic of table and seat selection. I'll give you the choice between 2 tables and you decide which you prefer and why. My reasoning and commentary follows. I covered this topic in my coachings on 11.02(English), 12.02, and 13.02 (English).




******* Table 1/2 ********

NL10$ (8 players)

UTG+1 ($13.10) - Sweden
UTG+2 ($13.50) - Germany
UTG+3 ($7.65) - Spain
MP1 (*)
MP2 ($9.70) - Spain
MP3 ($7.10) - Austria
CO ($24.44) - Russia
BU (**)
SB ($2.15) - Germany
BB ($2.85) - Germany


NL10$ (9 players)

UTG+1 (***)
UTG+2 ($30) - Russia
UTG+3 ($0.10) - Canada
MP1 ($2.15) - Germany
MP2 ($9.70) - Switzerland
MP3 ($1.75) - Germany
CO ($24.04) - Sweden
BU ($1.82) - Germany
SB ($2.25) - Germany
BB ($17.10) - Russia


Where will we sit down?
a) (*)
b) (**)
c) (***)


******* Table 3/4 ********

NL100$ (9 players)

UTG+1 (*)
UTG+2 ($278) - Russia
UTG+3 ($1) - Canada
MP1 ($21.5) - Germany
MP2 ($6.75) - Switzerland
MP3 ($17.5) - Germany
CO ($42.04) - Sweden
BU ($17.70) - Germany
SB ($21.85) - Germany
BB ($12.10) - Russia


NL100$ (8 players)

UTG+1 ($108) - Germany
UTG+2 ($193.20) - Germany
UTG+3 ($90.50) - Germany
MP1 ($97) - Germany
MP2 (**)
MP3 ($71) - Austria
CO ($214.40) - Russia
BU (***)
SB ($120) - Germany
BB ($93.40) - Germany



Where will we sit down?
a) (*)
b) (**)
c) (***)


******* Table 5/6 ********


NL50$ (6 players)

UTG+1 ($85) - Germany
UTG+2 ($98) - Sweden
UTG+3 (*)
MP1 ($88.41) - Germany
MP2 (**)
MP3 ($61.60) - Switzerland
CO (***)
BU ($65.40) - Canada
SB (****)
BB ($120.20) - Austria


NL50$ (9 players)

UTG+1 ($9.20) - Germany
UTG+2 ($10.15) - Germany
UTG+3 (*****)
MP1 ($17) - Germany
MP2 ($8) - Germany
MP3 ($61.60) - Russia
CO ($13.20) - Germany
BU ($9.85) - Germany
SB ($11) - Germany
BB ($9.25) - Austria

Where will we sit down?
a) (*)
b) (**)
c) (***)
d) (****)
e) (*****)












Solutions:

******* Table 1/2 ********

Solution: b)

Let's look at these tables,

Table 1 :
+ Only one SSS player (BB is probably not an SSS player since he paid the big blind with $2.85 and as a good SSS player he would have already left the table)
+ fewer Germans, who are more knowledgeable about their mode of play and make fewer mistakes
- Only 8 players at the table

(*) :
- we play after the SSS player in only 4 of 9 hands (has advantages because we can fit our reraise range to him)

(**) :
+ Possible steal raises against the SSS player
- we're only up after the SSS player in 1 of 9 hands.

=> At table 1 I would favor (**) since the steal raises are more important than the 3 hands with better position on the short stack.

Table 2:
+ 9 players at the table (will be full counting us)
- 4 SSS players and 1 player with only $.10 (who will soon be in the blinds, so this table really only has 8 players)

(***) :
+/- no real advantages or disadvantages


All in all, table 1 is substantially better for us despite its only having 8 players. At that table we should favor position (**) since we'll be able to make steal raises there.


******* Table 3/4 ********
Solution: c)

Table 1 :
- The table is swamped with short stacks of whom many are probably not playing the SSS. This will lead to a quick dissolution of the table when one or two players go broke (2 players have fewer than 10 big blinds). We have 4 (suspected) SSS players and 3 other short stacks with only 2 medium or big stacks.

All told it's hardly worth sitting down here.

Table 2 :
+ No SSS players for miles and fat, deep stacks at the table who will surely provide some lose action. It's the perfect situation for us as an SSS player.

(**) :
+/- No particular (dis)advantages

(***) :
+ We're directly behind a deep stack, who are often loose and call lots of raises.
+ If we're in the BB we have no Germans in the steal position, meaning that our big blind will be attacked less often and we'll sometimes be able to see the flop for free.

The decision is pretty clearly seat (***).


******* Table 5/6 ********

Solution: -

Table 1:
- Only 6 players at the table, far too few to even think about sitting down!
+ A lot of deep stacks

We should watch the table a bit longer and sit down as soon as it fills up a bit. We can't play normal SSS with just 6 players. If you want to work on a shorthanded SSS game you should stop by here: http://www.pokerstrategy.org.uk/wbb_de/b...hp?boardid=1481 . I only recommend this for experienced players with sufficient bankrolls!

Table 2:
- Almost all the players are short stacks who are also playing the SSS, which reduces our profitability greatly!

We shouldn't pick this table either but rather should keep looking or wait on the first table.