Posted by ninjagrr
Mar 25 2016

Here is an article by Howard Lederer, “The Master”, on how to play marginal hands in later stages of a tournament out of position. Here is an article by Howard Lederer, “The Master”, on how to play marginal hands in later stages of a tournament out of position. In the middle and final stage of tournaments there are often times where you’re forced to have to commit to a relatively weak hand. These are uncomfortable situations because you never want to risk a large percentage of your chips with a mediocre hand. Things get even more complicated when you’re playing from the blinds or out of position.

For example, imagine you’re playing at a later stage of the tournament. The blinds and antes are 500/1.000 100. You are in the blind pequela with 18,000 points. All folder to the button, an aggressive player who often raisea in late position. Stack has 30,000 points and up to 3,500. You look at your cards and see Ad 9s. A9o know that is not a great hand, but you can not ignore it in this situation. In First game as your opponent, as they may be roots with a hand that is much worse than yours.

In fact, in this situation could be playing with. Another consideration is that there are plenty of chips in play. Among the blinds, antes and raise your opponent, you take with more than 5,000 points if you can take the boat, being a very valuable quantity for your short stack. So you probably want to play the hand. But what is the best voice? From first call may seem that the action is reasonable, since you do not compromise at all with this marginal hand. But to call it has some major drawbacks. With a hand like A9 probably not going to get anything on the flop. In fact, not even a couple will get about 2 of every 3 times. And if you get a pair of nines, how can you do if the flop brings a overcard? Even a flop with an ace going to have difficulty thinking if your hand is good. Moreover, if the flop does not serve anything, leaves you in a vulnerable position to get kicked out of the hand. Will be very difficult to bet if the flop is three cards that do not help. If you check, your opponent will probably make a continuation bet and will get you a lot of pressure to continue, although you may ace your highest card is still good. In situations like this, your voice is improving press while you can before the flop.

Your re-raise all-in pre-flop. Your opponent probably has no hand with which to call and, if so, you still have a lot of outs. You have about a 25% chance against AK, for example. It is not good, but you’re not dead. The important thing you have to keep in mind is that in later stages of a tournament, do not want to make many decisions after the flop when you have an average hand as an Ace kicker with a medium or a pair of hand and you’re playing half out of position. Get all-in when you think you will get value from them and expect the best. If you do not play in these marginal situations good but you regret it later when your stack has fallen further.

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