We can go thru this specific LB by specific LB,
we can also look @ this generically…
Lets take a look @ that Non LB Player, shall we…
They don’t care prolly about LBs, don’t check them, sometimes don’t notice what they are playing is for a LB, they are there for 1 reason - Profit.
If in general the V here is overly agressive ( for like a best of / marathon ) or passive ( for like a 1st of ) because of a leaderboard, then the non-LB player can use this to thier advantage by adjusting thier V’s range/tendancies accordingly.
Someone who is playing quantity over quality will see more flops, have a wider hand, and will call/bet out/shove preflop more often, so … The NonLB player should be punishing those players for playing crap hands or incorrectly. Be carefull though if KOs are tracked, because KO hunters will look for any opportunity to bust someone.
Those playing quality only, will be less likely to call most/all of thier stack , early on , without a strong/premium hand. The NonLB player needs to play tighter against these playersm knowing thier range is prolly smalller.
Leverage and Motivation is the key. The profit-only player doesn’t care, nor should they make stupid moves. Thier game gets better, just by noticing what the rest of the players’s motivation is and using that to a leverage advantage when possible. The who-cares player also doesn’t care about any LBs, but they are lumped into catagory, the marathoners/ultra-agro players, basically as wild card players.
Lets face it, -BlackWidow- is a tremendous player. She makes it look effortless and seems never to get rattle’d. RPOS this year, I think she played 4 of the 10, Elite MTT events… yet was top 5(ish) on the LB without even trying basically. She didn’t play that different of a game really than elite rings, but she is aware of those players who are exploitable. Don’t think I have seen her play SnG, but I have rings/MTTs… so I’ll extrapolate her SnG game to be as good as her MTT game.
this is what @1Warlock is talking about, where a strong player’s game only gets better when they tweak it for the clash of strategies. Its the same thing that FloridaJetSki also talks about when he talks about exploitative gameplay.
Motivation becomes leverage for add’d pressure. Its no different than (2) nonLB players close to bubbletime… one tightens up, the other opens up. As SunPowerGuru has explained, when the table goes tight, go loose… and visa-versa. Not all that different either, is using your stack as your leverage.
Exploitation is just that, Exploitation. It doesn’t matter what your goal is, adding in those hands where you win due to just paying attn, increases the bottom line (profit/stack size).
Players like Puggywug want specific Exploits. While thats possible, its more helpfull, I think, to understand the mindset behind the exploits. Obviously if a player needs/wants a top 3 finish, and there’s 4-5 ppl left… then they will tend to play tighter untill it hits 3 players. Conversely, if its a marathon, a player might shove preflop with far less than a premium hand. If KOs are tracked thats even another layer to consider.
Its quite possible the top players simply know which players are more exploitable , and if-so how. Leaderboard metrics just tell ppl what the exact exploit is. They don’t have to guess what you’re playing for, they already know it, and just makes thier job easier.
NonLB players’s game won’t change much once they hit that “1st of” limit and progress into the “best of” territory, whereas the LB players’s game usually flopflops from tight to loose once they pass that limit. “ave of” shouldn’t change much either as these players play fairly consistently over time.
The biggest advanteges come when 2 stratagies are opposite. Like Tight vs Loose.