In tournament poker it’s important to know when it’s time to make a move. There’s a temptation, whether you are playing live or if you prefer to play poker online, to sit and wait for good hands when you’re playing in a tournament, but that can lead to an ever decreasing stack which will leave you with virtually no chance of winning.
Indeed, any time you let your stack fall below a certain level you’re asking for lady luck to scoop you up in her arms and help you out. Relying on luck is obviously a recipe for disaster in poker because the majority of the time things won’t go your way.
So when should you take the initiative and not put yourself at the mercy of fate? In tournament poker the accepted time to start worrying about your stack size is when it starts to near the 10bb mark. Indeed, when you have 10bb this is the last point in which you have any real fold equity. In basic terms this means that if you have a stack with fewer than 10bbs you can’t put enough pressure on your opponent to make them fold.
Thus, whenever you’re in a tournament your aim should be to never reach the sacred 10bb mark. To stop this from happening you should be looking to re-raise all-in whenever your stack is between 15-25bbs. Thus, when an opponent makes a pre-flop raise you should be willing to go over the top of them when your stack is within this range. Doing this will allow you to gradually regain some chips and avoid the dreaded danger zone.
If, however, you can’t stop yourself from falling close to the 10bb mark then your plan should be to move all-in at any opportunity. If a player raises before you then only move in with hands you don’t mind being called with. In contrast, if the action folds to you then move all-in with a wide range of hands. As long as you have over 10bb you should have enough chips to make most players fold.
In tournament poker you need to watch your stack carefully and move when the time is right. Get it wrong and you’ll lose any momentum you might have had and need luck to give you a helping hand.
Although Topboss Blog is mainly a gambling blog – sometimes we feel the need to try something different – so in March 2012 some of the Topboss staff decided to venture out on a Tiger Moth flight. What an experience that was. The Tiger Moth in question is a bright yellow, 1940 Tiger Moth ZS-OSS1941 called “Tweety” who was quite an active little plane during WWII.
We all had to be up at 5am to be at the Jack Tayler Airfield in Krugersdorp by 6:30. It turned out to be quite a misty morning and visibility was very poor on the drive there, but it was a spectacular scene from the cockpit of the Tiger Moth. We each had our 30 minutes in the air with “Tweety” and her masterful pilot Martiens Steyn, who gave us interesting information during the flight about the Cradle of Humankind, the majestic Magalies Mountain Range and game that we flew over.
In between the flights, Peter who is Martiens’ son made sure we were safe at all times while standing next to the runway. Peter was also very helpful in answering all sorts of questions we had about the Tiger Moth. We learned that she was used by trainee pilots in WWII who were training to become Spitfire and other fighter pilots.
Flying in this little plane gave us a sense of what it must have been like back then, and you can’t help but stand in awe of her.
All in all it was an awesome experience and definitely worth doing again.
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Flights are from the Jack Tayler Airfield, Krugersdorp, over the Cradle of Humankind and the majestic Magalies Mountain range with game viewing included! The flight is weather dependent, therefore flights are normally early Saturday or Sunday mornings, but can also be accommodated during weekdays.
Prices are from R1750.00 per person per half hour. For group bookings, there is a discount available.
For further inquiries/bookings, contact Martiens Steyn at 0837766667 or Wendy Steyn at 0829226387
The Jack Taylor Airfield is situated at no 7 Bartastreet, Delporton, Krugersdorp
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