Poker Strategy: Multi-Table Tournament Rebuy Strategy

Posted at 08:50 2011-02-03

In our low stakes series thus far we have focused simply on standard freezeout MTTs, so to change things up a bit I thought I’d address rebuy MTTs, which if you play regularly, will be a part of your daily schedule. The following strategy will work best for rebuy MTTs ranging from $1 up to $10 rebuys.

The first thing we must always do when playing a small stakes rebuy MTT is to rebuy straight away before the first hand. You want to be getting maximum value for your big hands, as you will often be playing big pots early. Your strategy might change slightly depending on which site you are playing at. For example, PokerStars rebuy tournaments play slightly shorter in the rebuy period so you should be more inclined to gamble in these, as with the “Rush” rebuy MTTs on Full Tilt Poker. The standard rebuy tournaments on Full Tilt tend to play a little more like a freezeout, so you can tone it down a little, but still be looking for +EV spots to get your stack in the middle.

Once we have our starting stack of 3k, we then want to be looking for spots to double up. This period is when you should do the most of your gambling – finishing the rebuy period with anything much less than 8k (once we have doubled and then added on) is, for the most part, pretty terrible. If someone opens in front of us, we should be looking to re-raise all in a range like 66+, AJ+ and KQ. Of course we can go wider than this if you have noticed a villain playing every hand, or even better, shoving every hand. If this situation arises then we can open our range right up and gamble with them to get our stack to 6k+.

For the very low stake rebuys like the $1-$3, even open shoving big hands like QQ+ can be successful as people will call their stack off with random hands like A9, 55, KT, or even 67s etc, so you can find a very easy double up that way.

You should also be aware of good spots to gamble in this period to get a really big stack. For example, if we’re sitting on the button with 89s and our starting stack of 3k, and all of a sudden our table goes crazy and there are four all ins in front of us, you shouldn’t hesitate for a second to get your money in and hope for a big pot to be shipped your way.

If for whatever reason we find ourselves sitting with 3k and the rebuy period not far from finishing, we should look to be shoving every playable hand in order to get our hands on some chips.

Once we have doubled or tripled up and have a good sized stack (6k+), we want to be toning down the gambling to an extent, and be looking to pick off the aggressive players, or the ones still gambling, with our strong hands. Be aware that people still have wider ranges than a normal freezeout, so don’t be afraid to get your chips in if you think you’re ahead and have the chance to build a huge stack.

Of course once the rebuy period ends we always want to be adding on to get the extra 2k in chips. Once you’ve done this hopefully you’ll be sitting with over 100BB and have the chance to run deep. In these spots always look to play hands that play well deep stacked. For example, all pairs play well because flopping sets gives you the chance to get a lot of chips from your opponents. This will help you get the monster stack needed to propel you to a win and a nice pay day. Good luck!

Brett "gtrain24" Donnelley

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