I am trying to get some help with a live home SNG that I attend. The deal is that the players are pretty bad but they bluff alot and I am wondering about a strategy that may be effective. Heres an example. I am in the big blind with 10 6os and evryone, and I mean everyone (6) calls. I check and the flop comes 10 3 J. Its checked to me and I bet the min which is $8 two callers and then a raise. I think for a long time and come to the conclusion that I am ahead and call the raise. Turn card is an 8, I check the raiser bets $16. Well now there is a possible straight and flush on the board and my kicker sucks. I fold, and of course they rabbit hunt and he says, well I wouldnt have got there. This happens almost every hand. I catch them a few times with better hands but the deal is you cant knock them off a draw with any bet.
The structure is this. $20 buyin and one $20 rebuy
We start with $37.50 in chips
Blinds start at .25/.50 and increase every 15-20 minutes
You can easily get half your chips in on one hand. I play tight against a table of loose players, but with the small starting stack and blind increases, I have to be able to play marginal hands and bluff at a pot or two to chip up. The problem is that they call with any two hoping to draw a favorable flop. When I can chip up, and the blinds reach $8/$16 I can punish the limpers and do ok. ( I won $200 last night).
I am looking for a early/early middle strategy so that I can chip up quicker. These guys have more money than sense and I want to take maximum advantage of it. We play 4 SNG's a week so the potential is there for about $800.
Any help would be appreciated.
As Sam Fahra says, against bad players you actually need a hand. I tend to agree, because with bad players outrageous suck outs are going to happen. I think if you can slow play big hands like a set or nut flush and build a chip stack then you set yourself up for later. If can grind my way to the chip leader then you can really push those players to the test with big raises or start racing with decent cards.
You should be able to get about an hours worth of cards with those blinds before they really chip away at your stack. The early strat here has to be to play very very tight, as stated in Adam's 9 man SNG article (I believe it applies here as well). Any time you want to enter a pot, enter for a big raise (4-5xBB). Loosen up in the middle stages when the blinds are 1.50/3.00 or so and play position poker.
If your stack gets a bit small, try using the stop and go to accumulate chips as opposed to a preflop push. I play against these kind of players regularly, and they won't respect preflop pushes, but they'll fold if they miss the flop and you push.
Oh yeah, try and convince them to deal faster. More hands played at the low blind levels = very good for you.
yeah. play tight early, and dont play T6 offsuit. Also, 2nd pair doesn't play with a six way pot!! Let them bluff....they will do it when you have a monster. If i was in that game, I wouldn't look for places to chip up, I would play four of fives big hands and double up in each, especially if they've seen me lay some hands down. Lose the battles...win the wars!
Sounds like you are one of the bad players there too. You play 10/6 off. Then call a reraise with middle pair no draw? Yikes. Just play tight early on. Dont try and get tricky with the other donks. Just sit back and wait for hands early then get aggressive as the blinds get big.
Well, if you read the whole OP then you would have realized that I had read the hand right and was ahead when I folded. What I am looking for is a consistent strategy that will pay off for me. Also, I won the thing and collected $200. And I didnt win by being a bad player. The 10/6 off was a blind hand in a community pot that became heads up at the end. I am worried that if I play just my reads that I will be out as soon as I miss one.