Thursday, April 13, 2006

Playing the Big Stack

Being the Big Stack in a SNG is nice. Especially when its down to the bubble. And especially when you have over half of the chips. You can be a bully and threaten elimination to everyone else. The odds of the big stack taking first when you are down to 4 and have over half of the chips in play has got to be really high.

I would say that you could play any top 40% of hands. That would be any pocket pair, any Ace, any King, QJ-Q8, and JT-J9 (top 40.65%). But, do not push every hand. You can't have a good hand every single time. And you are going to double up those short stacks in no time, and you'll lose your advantage really quick.

Take for example the SNG I played this morning. It got down to 4 of us. There was me with about 3000 in chips, the big stack with about 8000, and two small stacks around 1000-1250 or so. Blinds were still at around 75/150. Mr Big Stack played like a fool. He would go all-in about 75% of the time. Sure, we all folded the first couple of times, but then we caught on. One of the small stacks called Mr BS and Mr BS showed 74o. Yep, thats a seven and a four. They weren't even suited. And of course the small stack won.

I then made the comment, "Man, you suck as the big stack". He came back with the comment, "You sure are doing good folding all the time". Yes. Yes I am..


Dear LuparFiend,

You finished the tournament in 1st place.
A $67.50 award has been credited to your Real Money account.

Thank you for participating.


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