Last night I decided to play the Hijack tournament, which is 6-handed, and starts at 7:30 pm Eastern Time, which is very convenient if you get home from work at around that time, and can play for up to a couple of hours before going to bed.
I have not played it recently because there are other tournaments at higher stakes at other starting times.
However last night I decided to have a shot at it because it was cheap, and I wanted to experiment with being super aggressive and playing a lot of bluffs without putting lots of my bankroll at risk of an early exit.
At first all went well:
but then I got over aggressive, lost a couple of pots, then did a few shoves and lost every single one of them, and was dumped out in 17th place, not even in the money which ran to 10 places.
Actually, once you have accumulated more than 10% of the chips in the tournament–this tournament had 51 players, so 255,000 chips–it is usually best to just fold your way into the prize money and get on the final table, perhaps picking up a few small pots from the blinds, and only open absolute monsters AA, KK, QQ, maybe limping JJ, TT, and 99 to set mine, and only call shoves with AA, and raises with AA, KK, or AK.
The shoves have to go to 5 cards, which improves the chances of A 5 beating your KK. The raises can be evaluated again on the flop, so AK is much more viable against a pocket pair and can take the pot at the flop.
Although I have won some tournaments from the top, most wins seem to come from sneaking in under the radar and climbing the rankings towards the end, playing as few hands as possible to remain viable.
This is the hand that started the process of my elimination.
I had a red queen and a red seven, and from this point onwards, it was all downhill. I should never have played this hand.
and then I was totally bewitched bothered, bewildered, and bamboozled by a player ranked 280,000. I had T 2 of clubs.