My secret for multi-table tournaments is to get a large stack early on, then play plenty of hands, but be prepared to fold on the flop if it looks bad. If you flop third pair on the flop and there are three other hands in the pot, you probably do not have the best hand, and even if you do, most likely you will not end up with the best hand.
I had a lot going on in my life over the last few months and as a result my poker form deteriorated. I had peaked at just over 200 million chips,but had gradually slumped to about 170 million chips, although some of this was due to hastily playing two or three 5-million chip entry tournaments when I was not really concentrating.
However, over the last couple of weeks I have won back nearly all the lost chips, and won a tournament tonight for 14 million. I was particularly pleased because early on a table bully had a massive stack of 58,000 chips while I only had 4000, but he was steadily cut down to size and on the final table I had the pleasure of eliminating him.
Here is one of my favorite hands from that tournament, that saved my bacon when I was heading for the exit.
When you flop a flush it is often hard to get paid off. The biggest mistake players make on RP, I think, is to bet too much when they have a great hand, and fail to get paid.
The same goes for AK. If you raise high preflop, you are often telegraphing your hand to opponents, so I will often limp, or limp call this hand if an opponent raises, and look for a good flop, because if you do hit top pair on the flop, it is rare that opponents will suspect that you have AK and you may have a chance to stack them after checking the flop.
If you raise high with AK preflop, especially early on in a tournament, and miss the flop, then you are a sitting duck for an opponent who calls from the blinds. However, if opponent checks back to you and you take a stab at the pot, you will often have to commit a large part of your stack and become pot committed.
With a big stack I will often raise from late position even with very mediocre hands, because when the flop comes K66, no one will believe you have K6. Anyway, if opponents know you might raise with anything, then they know that post flop they can never be sure what you have.
So I don’t know if I have revealed a secret here, but I guess what I am saying is that you want to win big pots and lose small ones, which means being aware of the pot size relative to size of all the stacks preflop.
This really makes a difference in building a large stack. It is no good winning pots if you don’t win chips.