May 7, 2021
My new fad in online poker is Pokerstars 6-handed NL Holdem SNGs. In a regular 9 person the top three get paid out something like 4.5x buying, 2.7x buying, 1.8x buyin. In the 6-person games the payouts are top two, roughly 4x and 2x payouts. While the payouts seem less glamorous, I think it much easier to get into the money in the 6 handed games, as long as your bubble play is up to snuff.
Every game usually has a handful of these players:
The ultra aggressive player. He or she either wins the tournament by running over everyone and maybe catchign some needed cards and ends up heads up with a 5-1 chip lead, or busts out in 6th or 5th. I like to determine who this is as early as possible and wait for a good hand against them. If I can flop a strong piece like two pair or a set I set a bear trap and let them do all of the betting, then on the river I throw an obnoxious raise at them and watch them go all in. Most of these players can’t stand being bluffed and they’ll just throw their chips at you. If you can take out the aggressive player early you’ll have a great chance to get into heads up with all your new chips.
The weak tight “bubble boy”. This player seems to make it to 3 handed very often, but most of the time they have around the same amount of chips they started with and they are pushed around by the two other big stacks until they finally pick a spot. If they avoid getting unlucky they still have work to do, and they fold too often to have a good shot. Their …