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blackjack hand Since the stacks are deep and there are no antes

blackjack hand Since the stacks are deep and there are no antes

blackjack hand Since the stacks are deep and there are no antes in play, you’re generally opening a strong range that still benefits from people folding hands that could crack your strong hands. With 100BB+ stacks before the antes, a good rule of thumb is to add about one big blind to whatever you’d open to with a 20-30BB stacks. (Around 3x is a good standard opening size.) Use big 3-bet sizes. A tiny bit over 3x the open in position, and closer to 4x out of position, are adequate sizings. Don’t make the mistake of 3-betting too small, no matter how tempting it is to lure your opponent in when you have a big hand. There’s hidden value in being the short stack. You often see players punt off their last 20 big blinds after just losing a 200-BB pot. You should avoid doing this. While it’s true that you’re a long way from winning the tournament with 10% of the starting stack, having a short stack during the pre-ante stages is one of the most +EV scenarios in tournament poker. Back in the day, short-stacking cash games was a popular thing to do online, because people were playing too loose and you could shove your 20 big blinds into 6-way pots where 5 of the players were dead money. It’s often exactly like that in tournaments. During the early levels, it’s not uncommon to see a 3x open and five calls. 3-bet shoving decent hands into massive overlay wins you a ton chips. You don’t want to squander that opportunity by carelessly punting off your short stack. MTT players don’t like folding, so tone down the big bluffs. I just had to say this one more time. You guys have no idea how many big blinds I’ve lost over the years by not following this rule, but it’s probably in the millions. As always, I’m happy to answer early stage poker tournament questions in the comments section below or on Twitter @chuckbasspoker. Note: Want to upgrade your poker skills? Get free preflop charts here and start playing like a pro before the flop. Download now! Read more tournament content from Miikka Anttonen: The Ultimate Guide for Dominating Weak Tournament Competition Preflop How to Check-Raise with Short Stacks Like an MTT Boss 5 Poker Tournament Myths Way Too Many Players Believe..

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