Here at Ohio State Steve and I have been hosting a regular, Thursday night poker tournament. It draws about 20-25 people every Thursday, it’s a $5 buy in with unlimited rebuys and an add on. The pots aren’t huge, winner usually takes home about $100, but it’s a lot of fun and great practice for tournament play.
Tonight I played very well, finishing third. It backed up the first place finish I had last week. I lost tonight to a bad beat, I went into the flop a 2.5 to 1 favorite and ended up losing on an ugly river, but finishing 1st and 3rd in a 25 person tournament builds confidence and gets me a little bit more respect in games we play during the week.
How do I approach these tournaments?
The tournaments have a very fair structure since we’re playing and don’t want it to be based on luck. Our goal is to provide a tournament where solid play prevails. We’ve adopted a point system to reward top repeat performers with a “tournament of champions” at the end of the quarter. I am actually the point leader right now after two solid finished, hopefully next week I’ll add to that.
For the first hour there are rebuys and lots of chances to build a chip stack. For the past two weeks I have not needed to rebuy, I’ve built my stack from the starting 2,000 chips to an above average 6,000 by the end of the first hour – with an add on of T$2500 at the end of the first hour, I’m usually sitting very comfortably when the blinds hit T$100-200.
I play a tight aggressive style for much of the first hour but I also vary my play by playing very loosely when a low stack enters the pot and I have position on them. My goal is to get them pot committed preflop and hit a lucky flop to take the rest of their chips. Since there are rebuys most people are willing to go all in with AK or KQ even when they miss a flop – perfect situation to pick up lots of chips. visitez le site
If I lose a big pot or lose all my chips to a bad beat or make a big mistake, there are always rebuys for me as well. I try to establish a table image of “super aggressive.” I don’t want people raising me too much and I’d prefer to be the aggressor in every pot. I bet any time I can, I try to never call after there is a board out there, and I never, ever, under any circumstance, check-call.