November 15, 2009
Calling pushes in the middle and late game
- As far as having a big stack on your left or right, itâ€™s better heâ€™s on your left so you can aggressive first. (This is different than in Cash Games.)
- AMT mentions SNGPT â€“ use this to see benefits.
- Situation T6s BB: Overwhelming big stack to our right. You have to adhere to certain requirements near bubble in situations based on stack size. Even if you think shoving with a wide range â€“ ATC â€“ weâ€™re still only calling with top 15 hands. In general, you need to tighten up around bubble and tend to fold unless you have very good read. You can take a few more risks when 5 or 6 handed, but still only calling top 15 hands when close to bubble and stack sizes are similar. Bad players will take too many risks with delicate equity near the bubble. Be patient to let them make those mistakes.
- In cash games you prefer to have opponent on right to have position on them. In SNG, itâ€™s opposite because you want to be able to act first and have impetus.
- Situation KTs BB â€“ 120/240 transitions middle to late game. Stack sizes matter a lot. In general people push too tightly in the wrong spots. Some players get too tight when pushing through 3 or 4 people. BAD PLAYERS FEEL PRESSURE TO PUSH WHEN THEIR STACK GETS <10BB. Opponents will push all pairs, Axs, Kxs when x is >8, suited connectors, and off suit broadways. 4BB UTG pushes and KTs should be a call with 15BB. 5BB stack size you should be pushing about half your hands, but not any 2 cards. CALLS CAN BECOME â€“EV IF YOU ARE WRONG ABOUT YOUR READ WHEN CALLING LIGHT/WIDE.
Note: I NEED TO QUIT PUSHING SO WIDE IN LATE GAME. Be patient. Better to shove rags from late position than broadways from early. I need to quit putting too much pressure on myself in late game.
- With 5 handed play, the first thing youâ€™re going to consider is stack sizes and , in general, youâ€™ll be calling tightly.
- As the 2nd stack, you maintain very delicate equity near the bubble, especially with a good aggressive big stack. The reason is, because either the big stack is too loose and to donkish or too good and aggressive for you to play pots profitably.
- When risking an overcall tighten range significantly. Being last to act is much better.
- Ax is only a slight favorite to most pushing ranges like broadways and suited middle connectors.
- Play with SNGWiz and SNGPT to really get a good grasp of pushing/calling ranges.
- In poker, in general, people fold too much. Tight aggressive is best image but math dictates that we widen ranges in certain spots based on stacks, position, ICM/stage of tourney. Especially in low buy in games.
- SNGPT allows you to input stacks/ranges manually to analyze.
- I played with SNGWiz some. In general, in those situation where Iâ€™ve been shoving any A, I should tight to A4s or A8o.
- General concepts are important to grasp before getting to the math. Are you the big stack, what are the stack sizes, how many peeps left, how many BB do you have, where is the big stack, are you 2nd stack near bubble, how loose can you go, how short are the peeps that are pushing, do you have a read that indicates you can widen your calling range?
- 1.6% is HUGE advantage in SNG.
- Very important to remember that of you have NO reason to believe opponent will push with ATC, calling loose it TERRIBLE.
- Use SNGPT to determine which hands play well against ranges but ALSO how they do hot and cold.