Using The Squeeze Play In No Limit Tournaments
There comes a time in every tournament where you have to find a way to get your chips in the middle and pick up some momentum, or even better, find a way to double up and get back in contention. Sometimes, this is as simple as simply open shipping with a reasonable hand or calling an all-in when you pick up a good hand when short. But, for a select few, they choose a time when it seems like they’ll almost certainly be called; squeezing an all-in between a raiser and a caller, or even a raiser and a three bettor, kamikaze play at its finest; until you see his opponents fold. Or, one finally tank calls with 55 and loses to the squeezer’s 77. What is this? It’s a term you’re likely to find in judi qq online terpercaya: The effective squeeze play in action.
There are a few variables that you need working in your favor before attempting the squeeze play. First and foremost, you have to have enough chips to have some fold equity when you do make the play; you’re really not looking to get called most of the time you attempt the squeeze because when you do, you’re going to be behind most of the time. If a player opens to t600 at the t100/t200(t25) level and gets flatted, you’re going to want to have at least t3,400 in your stack (roughly double the pot) in order to safely squeeze and hope to have any fold equity at all in the hand. If the first player folds, it costs him t2,800 to win a pot of t7,925, meaning he has to call if he thinks he has about a 35% chance of winning the hand. This can get him to fold hands he’s scared are dominated often, like small pocket pairs, suited ace-rag, and other hands he might have deemed worth calling a raise preflop. With a stack of just t2,600, it now costs your opponent t2,000 to win t6,325, reducing his calling odds to 31%, making it almost reasonable to call with any hand he called the initial raise with; this amount also doesn’t handcuff his stack if he loses as badly as the larger squeeze.
The other major variable that you should be looking at is the activeness your opponent has been showing in previous hands. Is this an aggressive opponent that the caller may have just been trying to take a flop with? Or is this a nit that very rarely opens and is called only by strong hands? You’re looking to squeeze against the aggressive players with medium stacks, that still like opening pots but don’t want to risk a chunk of chips (M5+) without a real hand. It may seem really specific, but you’ll find plenty of opportunities to squeeze in most tournaments, especially in the ante stages, where players amp up their aggressiveness and some players begin trying to take flops with them in hopes of catching lightning to bust them. These are the spots you squeeze in, with reasonable hands (think broadway hands, pocket pairs, connected suited, and suited aces and kings), and hope for the best!