1. I was playing in a PokerStars points thing for the WPT-PCA event. The top 4 go on to round two on Sunday. I played really well, and I ended up finishing 2nd in chips and winning the entry to Sundays tournament. That one is a 10000 point direct entry, I expect there to be about 150-200 players (based on last weeks), and I think they are awarding 3 packages. Does anyone know anything about these or what the play will be like? I assume that the players will all be good because they either have the 10k points to enter, or beat a decent field to win their entry. I'm not going to get involved in too many hands early, and I was going to play pretty aggressive if I think I have a shot at the final table at some point. The reason I was asking about advice for this tournament specifically is that seems like the play would be different - its a big prize and 4th-last get nothing. How will the play be at the final table? The final 5?
    Any advice would be helpful.
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  2. You should expect players raising more often towards the end of the tournament . If you have a mediocre hand ,you either enter the pot with a raise or you get out . In fact when a player limps at the final table , it is more likely he/she has a powerful hand .
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  3. I'm not sure what to expect, but what you should do is the same general advice for any given table/tourney dynamics: that is , play the opposite style than most people are playing. If they are playing super tight then get aggressive. If they are all playing crazy trying to get a big stack then just sit back and wait for the monsters. Given no other information, a smart player will be playing more aggressive than usual since you neeed top 3 or 4 to cash. My guess is that most players will not make the proper adjustment to this style and you should be able ratchet up your aggression and build a big stack this way. Just be careful and be able to lay down when you get someone playing back at you if you don't have the goods or a good draw to bust a premium hand. If you have a chance at a big draw and you don't have a top stack yet, it might be worth it to take a shot at a huge pot even if it's not quite the right odds to do so. Don't play scared. This is even more true when it gets close to the bubble (unless you have way more chips than the 3rd stack). People will tighten up big time and you can move yourself into the money if you're not there already. They will not call a big raise without a monster so you can steal blinds all day long.
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  4. The final table last night was interesting - when I had a big stack I made a few calls to bust people that went allin with mediocre hands, which I am sure they were less than thrilled about, but I wasnt that big of a dog and the odds were there. They were Allin and there was no one to act behind me. I was hesitant about calling a few all ins with weak Aces though, because someone pushing in that spot probably went with any A, and that meant I was dominated. I also didn't do any calling in early position - I was either raising it up high or folding - too much risk of losing my limped bet by anyone to act after me. I also had a lot more respect for position, I don't consider it that much early in a tournament, but that was almost all I was thinking about in the end. I also had a big enough stack to survive my As being cracked late. Thanks for the advice.
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  5. I was in a situation last night like that I and I really dropped the ball. I was sitting there watching the everyone fold to the big blind every hand. This went one forever when it was down to 18. If I had a hand and I raised I was taking it down everytime, but I couldn't force myself to do it with rags. I think stealing is only a good idea if you have something that at least has potential if there are callers. I was kicking myself for recognizing the table's play or lack thereof, and not taking full advantage of that, but at that point I was thinking that I had a big enough stack to at least be one of the last 6 and there was no reason to risk that by trying to steal.
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  6. Well, that reply was about stealing whereas you addressed aggressiveness. I will be thinking about playing the opposite of the table, raising when everyone is playing tight, and playing premium hands when its an allin fest.
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  7. So where did you finish?
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  8. The tournament is Sunday night at 5 I think.
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  9. Holy shit its only 30 mins. in but I am chipleader with 5k and 148 still in it...

    Doesn't hurt to have KK hold up and double through on the first hand....
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