Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How to Play the End Game

You can tell by the way a player plays the end game if he is bad or good. Bad players would usually commit chip suicide. Bad players will always find a way to be ousted in the tournament while good players would not panic when the chips are down. That’s how real talent will shine.

What would you do if you are down to a single chip and dealt with a weak hand such as K-J rainbows? You are in that situation not because you are a bad player but you just lost to a player that went all in. You didn’t play bad; it’s just that the other player is much lucky than you on the draw. When this happens to you, you must not show that you’re panicking.

You might wish for a decent hand as soon as possible. You will only have a few hands before you might get blinded out. Sooner or later, you have to bet your last chip. The best thing to do is to play a hand, no matter how weak it might be. Beggars can’t be choosers. But which hand should you play and when to play it? These are just some of the decisions that you need to answer in an instant.

There are things that you don’t want to happen when you have a single chip. What you don’t want are two limpers ahead of you. Weak players would like limpers but good players know that the limpers could call and it might bring in some four way action. If someone says full value in this situation, keep that in mind. That player is a weak one and could be exploited.

Although the situation described above is not ideal, you could still bet your single chip in the pot and wish for lots of luck. Then again, you don’t want this to happen but you have no choice but to gamble your chip away. You have to make do with want is dealt to you in this situation.

The most ideal situation is for one player to raise ahead of you and hope to frighten the other players into folding. The raiser must be an aggressive player with a large stack that other players might be intimidated of. It’s best if you know that the raiser has a history of raising even with a weak hand.

Let’s examine the two situations. In the first one, you have a 20% chance of winning the pot. You might have done it because of desperation but the odds are not bad at all. If you are lucky enough to win, it will result to you having five chips.

The second scenario is much better. You are facing only one opponent which gives you a much better odd of winning. Having one chip is better than not having any at all. That is why you must maximize your potential each time.

No matter what you do, you must not surrender and be blinded out. You have to keep on fighting. Your odds of winning might be low but at least it is better than nothing at all. Remember that one in a billion is better than zero in a billion. That figure might be exaggerated but it just something to let you see the possibilities.

If you are going to lose, at least you went down fighting. No matter what the odds are, you might still want to try and it is still possible that you’ll win it. Don’t think because you are short stack that you can’t make an impact in the table. It is possible that your opponents might think you are the next one to go but they won’t make any risk in trying to eliminate you.

Being short stack you must remember not to blind yourself down to a pathetic number. Like what is mentioned above, being down with a single chip is not a scenario you might want to be in. It is better to look like a desperate short stack than a helpless single chip.

You must be aggressive and project a reckless image. You must do this when you can still make an impact in the table. Like what is stated before, being low on chips can’t make a difference. You have to show the best hand over and over so that your opponents will be afraid of you. Make them be afraid of you. That way they will retreat when you make your move.

This does not mean that you have to play reckless all the time. This only pertains when you are left with a short stack. Make your final desperate stance worth it. Your recklessness might make your opponents think that it is not worth engaging you in a battle and will play it tight.