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    So this is my first post, I play a lot of tourny poker and a bit of cash (1/2 1/3 2/5 usually). Anyway I won back to back satellites for a seat to the $1100 coming up. 40 min blind levels to start (starting 50/100) with a stack of 10k (100 big blinds). Any thoughts on the best way to play this type of tournament.

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    http://fallsviewcasinoresort.com/con...t-faq-2015.pdf

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    Oh, exciting times! I'd have taken the money, but I digress.

    If you play a lot of tourney poker you probably already have a feel for what you need to accomplish. I'd say that you shouldn't let the buy-in scare you, however expect better players overall. Don't be afraid to make the right move just because you don't want to bust out early or something.

    Watch the other players and try to get an idea of who might be scared money and who looks like they know what the deal is. Take advantage of the ones that are just trying to hang on, especially near the bubble. Other than that I don't know what else to mention.
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    Cool I like where you're heads at on the subject. Thank you for the reply. I think that's pretty much the plan, going to be tight aggressive, play good hands and fold crap pre flop and keep an eye out for people that are holding onto their stacks like its their job... That will probably help to pay off long term so I appreciate the tip.

    I think I need to work on what I play when blinds go up giving me 30-50 BBs and when to shove but I think i'll just do more reading on the subject here and see what makes sense.

    Please keep the advice coming!

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    Usually people wait too long to move into push/fold mode. If you are 10BBs or less you are there and I would argue it should be more like 12-13BBs. Throw in antes and its definately that much. In fact, with certain hands like AK and mid PPs I'd have little problem with jamming 15 bigs. When you can, make the other guy have to make the last decision.
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    Bit of a threadjack, but out of interest would you shove/fold with 12/13BBs in a raised pot or wait for an unopened pot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pok3rChi3f View Post
    So this is my first post, I play a lot of tourny poker and a bit of cash (1/2 1/3 2/5 usually). Anyway I won back to back satellites for a seat to the $1100 coming up. 40 min blind levels to start (starting 50/100) with a stack of 10k (100 big blinds). Any thoughts on the best way to play this type of tournament.

    Here is the link for more info:

    http://fallsviewcasinoresort.com/con...t-faq-2015.pdf
    Well, the way you describe your play, you play live and gained entry through live qualifiers. That means there shouldn't be a lot to tell you. You would know not to look at your hand until it was your turn, looking left before acting (assuming you're not going to fold), getting baseline behaviour on your opponents in order to be able to spot them giving something away, etc....

    Rycky nailed the difference between (in some houses) regular casino tournaments, the qualifiers and the event you'll be playing in pretty accurately: optimally you want to maintain a stacksize which packs a punch. Basically you want to be at 10BB+ or out the door unless you're really deep into the tournament (I know some successful players who get skittish when they near the 20BB mark).

    That said, seeing as you didn't simply cash out the buy-in (which may not have been an option), a mincash might be quite a good return on your initial investment. Look at it as sort of a fall-back strategy if things really don't go your way in the early going and just be wary of really big clashes before you're well an truly in the money. Even if villain is the biggest donk you've ever seen (especially when villain is the biggest donk you've ever seen! ).

    And, obviously, practise massively coolering the other guy when a move goes horribly wrong, as that's an essential tournament skill.

    Good luck, enjoy!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambini View Post
    Bit of a threadjack, but out of interest would you shove/fold with 12/13BBs in a raised pot or wait for an unopened pot?
    Depends... who's doing the raising and from which position?

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    What I mean by that is, if you are going to play, you shove. You don't have enough chips to properly raise and fold, etc. Once you shove, you're done making decisions. Now the others guys have to make that tough call.
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