Mistakes in knockout tournaments
The highlight of the tournament on two players (Jan and me) was exposed to a special Bounty that was excessive compared to the prize pool. Specifically, were $ 100 prize pool and the bounties totaled $ 25 each has received a little more than the second place ($ 20). The amounts do not equally rich but right and incorrect strategy there is also the low-stakes poker. High Bounties should have a huge impact on the game strategy, but I had in our contest the feeling that most players did not really know how to adapt to these bounties.
Roughly speaking, one should try at such bounties at all costs to land the hunted player in the All-In order to throw him out of the tournament. EV considerations regarding hand to the Bounty into thought and complete completely fast on the head. A (minimal fictitious) example suppose it is the primary hand of the tournament I am sitting in the small blind and it is folded to me. Then I go all-in and the player in the big blind notes that he has seven-Two. To underpin this seemingly absurd declaration here are a few figures to the expected value:
- In the tournament (50 players, $ 100 prize pool) you have on the first hand an expected value of $ 2 – so much money you can expect an average gain (assuming the players are all in somewhat the same).
- I only go to the top 5% of all hands all-in, seven-two against a winning percentage of 20%.
- Say: With a call to (possibly plus more if you get in the tournament in the money) wins in 20% of cases 25 USD; in 80% of cases is out and you will win nothing. This makes an predictable value of at least $ 25 * 20% = $. 5
- Five dollars in the long run more than two dollars, so the call is with Seven-Two correctly.
Although Bounty structures (with Bounties about the prize money for first place) as are rare in our tournaments, they come in particular as promos every now and then before. Among other things, most of Viewer Games twitch legend Jason Somerville a Bounty of 10- to 50-times the buy-in to Somerville. If you play against one more player on the exposed such a bounty, the usual poker rules apply only to a very limited, as has been the above seven-two-example. One should be extremely liberal willing to call an all-in possibly can with every call an all-in hand.
At the same time you can play extremely aggressive towards the Bounty player, as long as one has at least a theoretical chance of winning the hand. Do we not have to run differently you can also like to go on the flop with a gunshot for ten times the pot all-in? In the worst case as 1 provides: 6 Underdog showdown but that does not so much as we have seen above. One has on the other hand a strong hand next to the Bounty player you should not necessarily try the player to milk a moderate amount, but also urge’s All-In.