Dara O’Kearney means that it is best to ramp up the aggression when you find yourself on the penultimate table greater than the closing table.
Earlier this 12 months I wrote an article a few huge false impression about laddering in tournaments where I introduced the idea of Bubble Factor. In it I made the remark that the closing table bubble has rather more excessive ICM stress than any spot at the closing table itself.
This means that you’ve got to play loads tighter on closing table bubbles than you’ll at the closing table itself and infrequently even the first cash bubble. However, the 2nd to last table in a poker tournament is typically where the sport is won. Because everybody has to play tighter and since everybody actually desires to get to the closing table, this is a spot where you may choose up plenty of chips.
In truth, whereas it nonetheless holds true that it is best to tighten up normally, taking excessive variance traces close to the begin of your 2nd to last table could be a good technique.
I do know individuals assume I’m a giant outdated nit who folds his means to closing tables, then tries to ladder up from ninth place. Actually, I have a tendency to play 2nd last tables aggressively as a result of getting to the closing table with a stack is large. It’s large in future fairness phrases. It’s the last spot I see as a golden alternative to set myself up for a high three end.
The ICM of the small ladder jumps between locations 18-10 are nothing anyway. Plus if you’re a great participant you get the alternative to play 5 and 6 handed on the means to the closing table, which ought to offer you an extra edge where you may exert large ICM stress.
If you play strictly by ICM you’ll find yourself folding a bit an excessive amount of. There is an inflection level, the time comes where it is value playing for a giant stack. One of my college students chopped a SCOOP Main Event this 12 months and at the 2nd last table he increase/known as off KQ in opposition to a giant stack. His rationale was he knew it wasn’t an important spot but when he won this spot, he could be the chip chief and he might hound the closing table bubble, which he did and he was in an incredible spot.
The excessive variance line ought to nonetheless be a worthwhile one, we’re not speaking about punting off a stack calling all-in with 67s with 14 gamers left. It is additionally higher to take the excessive variance line early at the begin of the 2nd to last table so you may get pleasure from the chip lead for longer. Gambling when 11 gamers stay is a expensive ICM punt since you are so shut to the huge payouts. But taking a excessive variance line with 18 gamers remaining is not that expensive from an ICM perspective and places you ready to construct a stack whereas most of the table will tighten up.
Future fairness is a factor in tournaments in addition to ICM. The begin of the closing two tables is a singular time where you have got an opportunity to construct a really huge stack so you may cruise on the closing table itself.
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