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Playing the Bubble

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The 'Bubble' is the stage of a tournament in which only a few players need to be knocked out to get into the money. This stage of the tournament is usually characterised by players playing too tight, in a bid to ensure they make it into the money. We should exploit our opponents by shoving/raising a wide range on the button and cutoff, especially if we have our opponents in the blinds covered. We should consider hands like the following opens or shoves in late position:

A2    A6    K3    Q10

The reason behind shoving or raising these hands is that Q7 is the weakest hand that rates to be better than a random one.

- We are therefore ahead of the blinds ranges.

- We have fold equity (a lot of it).

- We have equity even when called.

 

If we have a lot of chips we should be opeing a wider range from any position, knowing that we have more fold equity than usual. At the stage of the tournament remember that the best blind stealer, has the best chance in making it to the final table. Therefore if we have a lot of chips then hands like the following should be considered opens anywhere:

A7    22    j10    K7

We should be looking to use our larger chip stack to bully the table and pick up way more than our fair share of the blinds. Remember though that our all-in calling range should not be too wide, especially against early position raisers, as these players are likely to have waited for a strong hand before getting involved.

 

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