Being 2nd in chips is the worst spot on the final table when you possibly can choose your seat, so says Dara O’Kearney.
GGPoker has a singular final table characteristic the place the shortest stack picks their seat, then the second shortest, all the way in which as much as the chip chief who will get the final decide. If the chip chief picks a seat, the individual in that seat strikes to the chip chief’s unique seat, so the chip chief all the time has a big benefit.
Last 12 months my scholar and PokerStrategy editor Barry Carter wrote about GGPoker seat selection strategy for the final table characteristic, which I used to be quoted in. The recommendation was fairly good however I’ve advanced my pondering on this since then.
If you’re the chip chief, you need to decide the seat to the quick left of the 2nd chip chief. You can have place on them for all however one hand each orbit and you can also make their life hell. You can put a lot of strain on them they usually might open much less fingers for concern of being attacked by you, that means you possibly can run over the shorter stacks.
Given that the 2nd chip chief ought to know this, it ought to impression how they play on the final table bubble. This is the place ICM strain is its most excessive, besides maybe for 2nd and 1st in chips, the place we see a ‘reverse ICM’ dynamic.
If you might be 2nd in chips on the final table bubble, it is likely to be price taking a number of dangers to attempt to turn into the chip chief, understanding how big a bonus having the final seat selection is. It would possibly even be justifiable enjoying ranges which might be barely wider than ICM dictates to do that.
Nothing reckless after all as a result of your stack is price loads in fairness phrases, and it’s most likely finest to keep away from the chip chief while you attempt to do that. If the chip chief isn’t in your table for the final table bubble that’s the excellent time to play a lot wider as a result of no one can bust you. If taking a threat and dropping leaves you third in chips that isn’t horrible anyway since you would possibly get away with a greater seat on the final table.
If you’re the present chip chief then it is likely to be price enjoying a bit of tighter than ICM suggests, as a result of hanging on to the chip lead turns into extra necessary than it normally does. Normally you get to benefit from the fruits of ICM on the final table bubble however not as a lot as while you decide final table seats based mostly on stack dimension.
What is one of the best seat for 2nd in chips?
With this in thoughts, what seat do you have to select if you’re 2nd in chips on the final table? It will depend on how you favor to play.
One manner to have a look at it’s that if you’re going to inevitably be on the quick proper of the chip chief, then you must sit two locations to the best of an aggressive participant with about 20 big blinds. The chip chief will take the seat between the 2 of you and no less than you then make their life harder forcing them to open into a troublesome participant with a stack depth excellent for shoving over them.
The different argument is that if you’re going to be at such an obstacle anyway, you must decide a seat the place you might have place on both the worst participant, or third in chips. You will nonetheless have place on this participant if the chip chief sits to your left. Although you’ll play much less pots than you’ll need to with the participant in your proper, it’s a small compensation for having what’s little doubt the worst seat on the table.
Next time I’ll focus on the opposite nuance of the GGPoker final tables that impacts your strategy, the blind rollback characteristic.
Dara O’Kearney’s new guide Endgame Poker Strategy: The ICM Book is out now.