Don't have an account? Similar formats and designations are followed on other sites, too. At such a fast pace, these tournaments complete very quickly. But the fact is they also tend to reward the same kinds of skills regular, slower tournaments do. You have less time to make adjustments, to recover from mistakes, and to wait for the perfect hand or spot from which to make a move. With such a deep stack with which to start, you can approach the first couple of levels of a turbo tournament the same way you would regular MTTs.
That will earn you folds in later levels when you do open up your range and go for blind steals and bluffs. Just as in a regular MTT, you should always be watching the tendencies of your opponents in order to figure out who is loose, who is tight, who seems to be more savvy with their plays, and who appears to be making mistakes.
The difference is you have less time to develop these reads, and a smaller sample size of hands in which to do so. Players accustomed to regular MTTs are used to the slow pace allowing them to register late, to sit out hands, or if online to surf around and let their attention be divided during the early levels.
You should still be selective but can start looking to open more often from late position with a wider range, especially after the antes are introduced and there is more dead money to be claimed. You might well mostly fold through the first couple of levels of a turbo, but after that you can ill afford to do so. That means that often each level will find you playing from all of the positions at the table just once the blinds, early position, middle position, late position. If you are getting short yourself, you may find it necessary to reraise-shove or make other aggressive moves before the level changes and your stack becomes less able to elicit folds because your fold equity has decreased.
Picking up good hands medium-to-big pocket pairs, big aces behind these players may mean reraise-shoving in order to clear the field and set up heads-up showdowns against these short stacks. Say a player opens for 2x from middle position and you have on the button with 10 big blinds. You reraise-shove and it folds back your opponent.
But when you do fall to short-stacked status and are down only to open-raising all in or folding, pay attention to your position. From early position your range for shoving should be relatively tight, while from the cutoff or button you can open-shove a much wider range of hands as you have fewer players behind you left to act. Open-pushing your last 10 big blinds with from the button is much better than reraise-shoving. Those are some tips to get you started with turbo tourneys.
Something else to keep in mind is that the faster-paced tourneys tend to attract a lot of inexperienced and lesser-skilled players. In other words, employing some strategic know-how can give you a significant edge in the turbos, one that over time can overcome the increased variance such tournaments invite. Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.
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