WBCOOP 2010 So Far
So far I’ve played in two events of this year’s WBCOOP, finishing 233rd out of 1740 in Event #1, and and 329th out of 1876 in Event #4. It’s nice to be finishing in the top 20% consistently, at least I have a rough idea of where I stand.
I’m still not fully sure how I should be playing early tournament, to be honest. I’ve mainly been trying to play tight, and not risk too much. But because of that I’ve never really been able to build too much of a stack. So that’s enabled me to last past the first break, but by the time it’s around the second break, my stack isn’t really large enough to maneuver with, and I end up having to shove.
I think both times I’ve busted out, it wasn’t really a misplay on the hand that busted out. In the first one, I had about 15 big blinds, was dealt AQ. Large stack raised preflop, I re-raised and shoved. The large stack called, and showed QQ, which held up. I got it in bad, but I think at 15 big blinds, and with antes, I really had to make some sort of move.
Event 4 was just a really bad beat. I had pocket Aces, with just over 10 big blinds. The flop came K T 8, I got it all in, and my opponent showed JT. The turn came a T to knock me out.
So, I don’t think I mis-played either of these hands. But my main concern is that I’m getting in these spots in the first place. I don’t seem to be able to build a large enough stack, and because of that, once antes come in, I’m in a dangerous position and have to shove more often than I’d like. But I’m also worried that if I play too aggressively, I might bust out really early.
What do you think? What’s your strategy for the early stages of a tournament? Do you go aggressive, to try and double up early (and risk busting out early), or do you try to maintain your stack and grind it up stack slowly?