love all the advice your giving, its very beneficial.
iv got a question though.
i play at my local club with a field of about 80 or so. but the thing i struggle with is that the blinds go up quite quick and they start to double towards the last half of the tournament. it comes to a point where i may be chip average and above and going well, but i only have 10-15 big blinds. i struggle cos i dont know what to do in a spot with a big stack with only 12 big blinds and i get dealt an A10 suited or 6's and under. so i guess my main question is what is my strategy in these kind of situations?
im making some good profit from your advice so thanks heaps,
This is what everyone has to deal with in a poker tournament. Overall, it really becomes a game of luck.
When I have 10 BB's or less I will just push all-in with these hands and hope for the best.
When I have more BB than this, I want to know the next level of blinds. If in the next round I am going to be at 10 times the big blinds or less (Which is usually the case) I break-up the current round in halves based on time. If it is a 20 minute round, the first 10 minutes I look for premium cards, but in the 2nd half of the round I open up the range of hands since I will have to push all-in soon in the next round.
For me the premium cards in the first half of a round is A-J or better. I raise first in, and if I get re-raised all-in the pot odds will dictate me to call.
In the second half of the round, I am pushing all-in with a wide range of high ranking cards--even Q-10. The reason is that I need chips to win.
What do you do in these situations?