Remember the 10-year challenge on Facebook a few months ago? If Poker competitions took that challenge, the results would be the most bizarre. Tournament Poker has advanced like the US Space Program, and the "old-school" style no longer cuts it.
Take, for example, the season’s hottest Poker League – The PokerBaazi Premier League Special Edition. Day 1 saw thousands of players jostling for their share of glory. Today marks the 2nd day of this 8-day Poker madness and we’re here to help you navigate the tricky waters.
Head on to https://www.whisperingshouts.com/articles/pokerbaazi-premier-league-special-edition-india-s-biggest-online-poker-league for general details of this edition of the PPL. Keep reading for tips and tricks on conquering Day 2’s biggest beast – The Bout 8-Max No Limit tourney. But first, let’s get the basic information out of the way.
PPL’s 9th tourney – The Bout 8-Max goes live at 20:00 hours on 22nd April (Day 2)
Starting Stack: 15,000
Each player gets a stack of 15k and 25 Lakhs GTD with a buy-in of INR 5,500 (5000+500)
Each player will get 45 seconds time bank. An additional 10 seconds will be added every 5 levels.
Late Registration of 171 Minutes
Unlimited Re-Entries (till level 19 and no add-ons)
Now onto the stuff you came here for. There are certain things to keep in mind when playing long deep-stack tourneys. As soon as Hand #1 is dealt, you should be physically and mentally focused, ready to begin exploiting advantages and opponents’ weaknesses. It goes without saying, while you cannot win a match in early hands, you can definitely lose it.
With 150 BBs in everyone’s stacks your full bag of tricks is in play. You can re-steal and still fold to aggression, 4-bet bluff, call in position and speculate with suited connectors and small pairs. You have room to manoeuvre with semi-bluffs, traps and speculative hands without much fear of severely crippling yourself with a mistake or bad read.
Read your opponent - After playing a few hands, it will be easier for you to get a read on your opponents and understand their gameplay. With aggressive players, it’s a good technique to be counter aggressive. Playing offensively when you have strong cards and making strong bets (4-bets) will work in your favor. Just be careful not to limp into a hand and fold in the end if your opponent gets equally offensive.
This strategy works better against weak players. The stronger you come on, the more times they are forced to make difficult decisions. If they can’t get a read on you, it causes them to fold most of the time. Observe your opponent and then decide how you want to play him.
Pre-flop betting - Once you have a good idea of your opponent’s playing style, if you know that your opponent usually bets small with marginal hands, then you can easily call a pre-flop 3-bet with good yet marginal cards such as suited connectors, gappers, suited aces with high cards, etc. These hands are best played in position. The reason why such hands can be played in a deep stack tournament is, owing to the size of the stacks and your high implied odds, it becomes beneficial to see the flop. Hence, calling 3-bets or marginal bets pre-flop and going to the flop can prove to be profitable.
Create advantages - One of the ways to play your opponent is to try something effective yet careful like bluffing pre and post flop. If you bet heavy pre-flop and follow it up with a c-bet then there are higher chances that your opponent will fold. This is because like you, your opponent is also thinking about all the possibilities.
Long deep-stack tourneys are truly fun to play, and we hope you enjoy this Special Edition of PPL as much as we are. Whispering Shouts is your go-to destination for the best in Poker news, bankroll management, game strategies, rakeback deals and more!