New to the forums, question about live MTT's

    • dezoe
      dezoe
      Bronze
      Joined: 20.09.2010 Posts: 5
      Hello all. I've been playing poker on and off for about five years now with very little success online. For the past 6 months I've been turning more towards live games and making quite a nice profit at the local casino. I'm sure it has more to do with the fact that my attention span online is limited compared to being in the actual casino and having no choice but to pay attention to the action. Anyways, recently I've been playing a few live tournaments they're mostly 45-70 people in these tourneys. The buy in is $110. I've played 3 of them now, the first one i finished 25th, the second one i finished 3rd and received a buy in to the Siga poker championships on Oct 2 and 3rd in Saskatoon, and the tournament I played today i finished on the bubble at 11th after holding a chip lead from players 16 down. My main concern with my play is that I seem to be over valuing my hands at the wrong times. For instance UTG with 7 players left at the table blinds are 400 and 800 I'm leading with about 18000. I raise preflop to 2400 with AJ off, all folds the button calls. flop comes Q24 rainbow he pushes for his last 2500 I call. he has AQs. he wins the pot dropping me a bit. a few hands later im on the button with AJ suited this time. I make a preflop raise to 3k this time and the BB instantly pushes for another 4600 more. Without even thinking I insta call and see he's holding QQ. My main problem's here i think are 1. Not thinking folding is an option when i have 3k invested into a pot with 7k in it and calling off almost half my stack? 2. Overvaluing my hands at the exact wrong moments late in a tournament? Any help would be appreciated I'm looking forward to the Saskatoon tournament and hope to make it far in that one. It will be the biggest tournament I've played to date. (Not That i've played many at all, 3 total, itm once giving me 33% and an roi of 367%). Not bad for a mtt beginner?
  • 2 replies
    • joecar
      joecar
      Silver
      Joined: 09.04.2008 Posts: 347
      Its not always necessary in later stages when the blinds are enormous to be raising 4BB pre-flop. By raising around 2.5BB you can let go of your hand easier if seeing aggression. Also work on estimating the hand ranges of your opponents in order to weigh whether a call, raise, fold is warranted.
      Maximize your position as well
      Also download and practice with the ICM trainer to improve your later stages

      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/software/7/
    • HannesZ
      HannesZ
      Headadmin
      Headadmin
      Joined: 30.06.2010 Posts: 16,311
      Hi dezoe,

      I have moved your thread to our MTT section.

      As joecar already wrote it is not necessary to open raise 4bb in the late game.

      Best regards,
      Hannes