Playing the Final Table - Part 2

  • MTT
  • MTT
  • $75
  • Shorthanded
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In his new series Aaron focuses on probably the most important part of MTT's, the final table. He'll show you how to reach the big payouts in order to maximize your profits. In the second part he reviews the final table of a $77 Turbo tournament where most of the opponents are solid players.


Playing the Final Table series Session Review

Comments (27)

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  • FishermansFriend


    Enjoy the new final table video by AAron!
  • Tahigwa


  • Tahigwa


    Well played and good explanations. I like it alot.
  • AaronLambert


    thanks tahiqwa
  • label55


    very nice video , ty
  • AaronLambert


    tyty label55
  • bonebt


    wp, good video, is good to run hot at FT
    btw at 29:00 j4 hand had 9bb not 7bb
    also at 30:30 33 hand when villain 3x first time pre i dont think that he will fold very often when you shove so i prefer stop&go play there
  • AaronLambert


    I am always paying attention to the True BB system and not just the BB system which is why I said 7 BBs. It is actually closer to 8 BBs now that I'm looking at it.

    I can see your argument here for the stop n go and it is an option. The stack sizes are right when you consider my effective stack. Only thing is I don't think he's folding to the stop n go here ever even if he whiffs.
  • rogal27


    nice video, but I dont like your show with T7o when u have 22BB and oponent have 14BB is it profitable move ? I dont think
  • AaronLambert


    Using the True BB system (taking the antes and dividing them up to the blinds) he is roughly 10BBs or so so I think this is a shove. Without antes I would fold.

    At final tables players calling ranges tighten when their tournament life is at risk. Because of this shoving wider from the SB into the BB is more profitable.
  • rogal27


    aha now i check the vid again and it seems that it was a MTT Sit n Go what U played , no BIG scheduled MTT when there are big differences between first 5 places. So its Ok, I think everyone will play more tighter if there will be big prizes :)
  • rogal27


    I means final table on MTTs like Sunday Million etc. :)
  • AaronLambert


    ya... The first final table was a pretty big tournament field if I remember correctly. I want to say about 500 people. The last one was a 180 man so smaller field yes.
  • iambetterthanyou


    The first part is for diamonds and the second for gold?
  • iambetterthanyou


    at minute 7:45 you decided to call with JTs. Dont you care about bubble factors in this spot? You just looked at your equity. Considering any prize structure in MTTs / MTTSNGs your bubble factor should be at least 1.2 or higher in this spot, or am I wrong?
  • smokinnurse


    what about ICM in 07:00, calling JTs vs shove SB?
    you calculate equity just for chipEV, don't you?
    in my opinion we have to add at least 5% more for $EV
  • smokinnurse


    lol see at #15
    i had the window open the whole day
    but ok, now we are already two
  • smokinnurse


    but 5% equity more fits well to bubble factor = 1.2
  • AaronLambert


    I can understand you guys having that approach and we have several factors to consider here.

    1) Pot Odds. 1.19:1 so not good
    2) Opponents range is very wide here.
    3) Table Image. If I call and lose here it would hit but I'm not out. That being said the fact I call JTs here to a shove makes my opponent much less likely to make a light shove in the future so it does have some meta game benefit to it.
    4) Edge in the tournament with one exceptional player, one very good player, and an average player I don't expect to have a big edge in this field so I'm happy with a marginal spot. If they were weaker players I would look for a better spot.

    In the end when it comes to these tournaments I know people in general will be a little tighter about their calling ranges because of ICM and playing for $EV but my focus is to win these tournaments. The payout structures are top heavy and moving up one spot doesn't really interest me much. First in this tournament was about 6K with 4th being about 2.2K.

    I don't know if this really answers the question but I'm ok with discussing this more.
  • AaronLambert


    two good players and one exceptional player... didn't think supa was that good but apparently he's solid
  • smokinnurse


    yeah, if i anderstand you right, you argue with future game > ICM
    thats always an interesting point
    i'd like to hear something more about it
    but unfortunately my english is to poor for a solid discussion ... ;-)
  • smokinnurse


    lol @"anderstand" ... but u see i'm right ... ;-)
  • AaronLambert


    heh gl to you sir :D
  • Njeng



    id def shove the K4o from the BU, since ur image cant get any worse anyways and this is a decent hand with a blocker + the SB cant rly exploit you with calls from QJ, JT etc thinking that you push ATC (i wudnt push ATC there neither, since u might get looked up pretty light because u have been so aggressive before). but K4o might as well be the best hand preflop in 3handed play + there is always some FE.
  • AssadKamran91


    killer vid man! would love to see some midstage turbo vid from you in turbo mtts.
  • Varangino


    boring, I thought. Me this, me that, me the other.

    No offense man, but poker is awfully easy if you can't miss.
  • Grastone


    just luck