While searching for another post, I decided to write this fresh. There are 3 MTTs that have Unlim Rebuys for the 1st 30 minutes, 1 of them includes bounties. Personally I enjoy these very much for the simple fact I can have some cheap thrills, so ReplayPoker… please don’t eliminate or chg the format of these 3 MTTs.
Of the 3, the most ruthlessly bingo’d of them all is Bankroll Builder 500 B&R ( bounties/rebuys ). In a tournament like this, you have to expect for others to bingo hands if they are " at or below the rebuy chip amount ". ( if a double rebuy is 3k chips, anything … at that or below is what I mean ).
You have 3 basic strategies ( but there are variations )
1: buyin+rebuy to start, then never rebuy and play tight till after break(rebuy period) + addon
2: buyin+rebuy to start, then semi-tight but assuming a couple rebuys before break, + addon
3: buyin+rebuy to start, then bingo every hand till you get say 5x that dbbl rebuy amt before break, + addon.
Unlim Rebuy MTTs are NOT, let me repeat NOT for ppl with very small bankrolls… or you will easily get piss’d off @ all the All-ins. You will find 2 kinds of “complainers”… either they complain about all the all ins, or they complain about the “timer wasters” trying to subvert all the All-ins…
Personally, complaining about the format “all ins & rebuys” is like playing Omaha and then complaining that its freak’n Omaha and it should play like Hold’em. I am asking all those players who hate the Bingo’s in these 3 MTTs, not to play, rather than just waste the timer and complain about all the all ins.
Lets take the Bankroll Builder 500 B&R :
@ break … blinds will be 200/400, so you need (min) about 12-15k in chips. Do whatever you need to to get that many chips by break including taking risky chances. Remember… before break, gameplay will not be poker… its more like Bingo-mania… so if you embrace that going in, then you will be more successfull.
If you are down in chips and still bingo’n hands right before break, be carefull of that last hand. Should you lose and rebuy on that very last hand, you only get 1 rebuy + addon ( 3500 chips )… If you double rebuy 1 hand sooner ( 3000 ) then take the addon @ break then you @least have 5000 chips.
A double rebuy is 720 fee, for 3k in chips… it is counterproductive to continually single rebuy for 1500 chips, because you can only “touch” others chips up to your chipstack… It really sux to rebuy 1500 then get AA… always do the double rebuy for 3k chips.
If you embrace the fun factor of these MTTs, and go with the flow… not only will you usually have better luck in finishing posistion, but you can let your hair down and just have some fun.
Also Remember this :
Take a player like me, I have 2-5m in bankroll … When I compete for the " monthly leaderboard low ", then you must understand that I’m always thinking “bigger picture”. Its all about tournament points, not profit necessarily… read that again, not about profit. I’m not going to spend 30 minutes playing, then not have a decent shot @ winning ( not wanting to hit break with a small chipstack ). I will pay alot of rebuys to accomplish this goal. So you have to watch out for these players more than just the bingo maniacs, because once they get a stack … they know how to use it.
Its like comparing apples to oranges, the player that only cares about that 1 MTT has different goals compared to the player that cares about thier top 50 MTTs.
( just for reference ) My last six BB 500 B&R, were 4 final tables, and 1 win. I collected T-pts in all 6 MTTs… So for all you out there that say I have no strategy, think again … it works “most” of the time. ( and even at my worst , I spend 8-12k in entry/rebuy costs and winning is still 25k )
As a rule of thumb ( real life ) I refuse to play any MTT that allows rebuys… and if I do decide to do so, usually there is a 3 max… therefore you MUST assume to spend all 3… if the buyin is 50$, expect to spend the full 200$… usually I would take the 1st rebuy instantly and double my stack, then know I had 1 dbbl rebuy waiting if I bust out.
I hope this post helps the noobs not only understand unlim rebuy MTTs but also understand what type of players that they can face out there on the tables and what xtra challanges there are in a Unlim Rebuy MTT.