Hell DN and the FCP veterans, long time lurker here.DN, I know your phiolosophy is to play a lot of hands early on in tournies and rely on your skills to bust the dead money, however. . .In the WSOP main event, hasn't this sort of backfired? I know it's a bit of a conundrum, because you are playing to win which entails being aggressive, but with the blinds so low, people will continue to overvalue their ace rag hands, even OOP to 3 and 4 bets.The reason I pose this question is. . . Look at the guy who finished second, Steve Dannerman. I was listening to the live audio with Flack and Hellmuth, and they kept saying this guy was one of the worst player they'd seen. I couldn't believe that a guy who made the final table could be that bad, but I was wrong. The way Dannerman played the last hand against Hachem was reminiscent of how Jojo the monkey would play his hand.Do you think that changing to a more conservative approach early on in these tournaments would help you out, DN? It was frustrating to watch you in these pots where weakness was shown on the flop by a round of checking, you hit the nut draw on the turn, there's a big bet by Farha, and you make the call and. . . miss.
Hi Jason,I hope I don't offend you or anybody with these comments as I just wish to throw in my 2 cents. Personally, I tend to play very loose aggressive. Most of the time unless you're up against a bigger pocket pair you're usually a 3:1 dog preflop at worst more often 3:2 which isn't that high. I think early on in a tournament you need to get a lot of chips to surivive in the later stages. If you wait for one or two big hands to get it all in 2 things may happen. One is that you may still get sucked out on and waste all your chips on one hand. Two, those big hands may not come or if they do it may be too late to matter because after blinding away after waiting it may not be enough to make a difference. I'd rather go out swinging than strikeout. I always say if I bust there's always more tournaments, and if you're playing in a tournament where that's not true, you're probably playing outside of your bankroll.In my opinion the skill versus luck comes into play with knowing how to play the flop, turn, and river. Playing your cards with the board and knowing your opponents is crucial. You've got to know who you can and can't bluff. A lot of the big pots in tournaments are won with luck, people bluffing all in with outs and such and getting called and hitting their outs when they were way behind. Say for example you're in MP with 7s8s and UTG opens for 4xbb. At this point it's roughly 1/8 your stack. You decide to call knowing the UTG likely has big cards AK/AA-JJ knowing if you can a flop, two pair, straight, paired set, you're likely to take a huge pot off the person and if you miss it's an easy fold. Suck outs are going to happen, some people don't when it's correct to fold, they get lucky and some guy who should've won, gets knocked out. It sucks, but it's poker. Nothing in poker is absolute. Big hands are going to lose to lesser ones, if you don't see flops except with big hands, they're likely to miss more than hit and with fields of more and more amateurs playing not knowing when to fold, you never know what they hold or when they'll fold. So I think it's better to see more flops and try to build a bigger stack or go on to the next event. Well done DN!