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  • Looking for fifty50 strahtegy advice

    If you've read my latest PSO blog entry, you'll no doubt be aware of my intention to have a crack at the $1.50 fifty50's, and therefore am looking for some strategy advice.

    After doing some homework of my own, my strategy thus far is this:

    Early - play it tight until the first 2 players fall off, picking up on player habits, reads, ranges. Anything I can pick up on, taking small pots down or big pots with big hands.

    Middle - up the aggression and hands played, putting the early stage observations to use until the second 2 players bow out.

    Late/bubble - Chip stack permitting, slow down a little and keep my stack at a decent or growing level, chipping off larger stacks or getting shorter stacks all in with premium hands. If my stacks low, evaluate how I can get chips of my opponents or just try and survive until another player falls off the cliff.

    I think this is a sound strategy, but as ever I welcome input.
    'Cause I have done it before and I can do it some more I got my eye on the score'

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    Originally posted by havocofsmeg View Post
    If you've read my latest PSO blog entry, you'll no doubt be aware of my intention to have a crack at the $1.50 fifty50's, and therefore am looking for some strategy advice. After doing some homework of my own, my strategy thus far is this: Early - play it tight until the first 2 players fall off, picking up on player habits, reads, ranges. Anything I can pick up on, taking small pots down or big pots with big hands. Middle - up the aggression and hands played, putting the early stage observations to use until the second 2 players bow out. Late/bubble - Chip stack permitting, slow down a little and keep my stack at a decent or growing level, chipping off larger stacks or getting shorter stacks all in with premium hands. If my stacks low, evaluate how I can get chips of my opponents or just try and survive until another player falls off the cliff. I think this is a sound strategy, but as ever I welcome input.
    I agree with you on early, middle and late/bubble play. But when it comes to late/bubble play loosen up/get aggressive because players are going to be so tight and won't call you so wide during this stage they want to survive and get their money back , eg. if an opponent is short stacked and super tight in their BB jam your button if it is folded around to you each BB/ante is worth money/profit in these 50/50s.umbup: Considering you play these regularly I am sure you have seen Celina Lin's videos about 50/50 SNGs, if you haven't seen them >>click here<< she is a very aggressive player in the late stages of 50/50s and has a very impressive resume in Live tournament cashes.
    CELINA LIN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Macau Cup HKD $9,600 No Limit Hold’em July 2008 2nd $10,492 ANZPT Adelaide AUD $3,000 Main Event February 2009 7th $15,098 ANZPT Sydney AUS $10,200 High Roller May 2009 3rd $29,255 Macau Poker Cup HKD $9,400 No Limit Hold’em July 2009 1st $50,932
    Good luck at the tables
    Last edited by CannonLee; Wed Feb 01, 2012, 08:03 PM.

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    • #3
      CannonLee beat me to it. I played these quite successfully for a time last year (actually it was the $1.11 50/50s, 15% ROI from nearly 300 of them), and the biggest boost to winrate came from picking off players who tightened up as the bubble approached. Watch closely and see who has shut down hoping to sneak through, then attack them at every opportunity. It is amazing how many chips you can pick up. Just be wary of attacking the smallest stack who might be desperate enough to counterattack. Good luck.

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      • #4
        I played two or three hundred at the $5.30 Fifty50 level last winter. My style was very tight early on and very aggressive at the bubble.

        (It was not uncommon to fold my way itm...the whole tourney lol! however, at the $10 level the bubble broke significantly later making this much less likely. I wouldn't recommend it.)

        Usually one of two senarios occur.

        1.The best situation is that I flop a big hand and double up early. This allows me to open up and blind steal much more, especially from the regulars who are understand bubble play. However, although stealing liberally, I would shy away from stack risking situations preflop unless I had QQ+. In other words, if someone played back I got very careful and focused on concerving my chips rather than increasing them.

        2. The worst situation is that I don’t get any playable hands early and am short stacked on the bubble. Here standard bubble play applies. So, pick your spots and hope your hand holds if you get called.

        Note that getting ITM is much more important here than in other sngs. You don't typically win that much money. So, you need to make sure you are winning more often than in a regular sng. I ran 75% ITM with an 11% ROI when I played them. In regular SnGs I run about 50% ITM but with a similar ROI.

        I haven't played these in a year. So, things may have changed a bit.

        GL and have fun at the tables!

        Roland GTX

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        • #5
          Thanks guys, sounds good. I'll definitely take it one board. Many thanks.umbup:
          'Cause I have done it before and I can do it some more I got my eye on the score'

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          • #6
            I myself am just starting to play these and i think that you are correct with the early to mid stages and that the bubble is when you gotta open up vs the tighter players trying to creep in the money to be profitable

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