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Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-12-2005 10:34 PM

Hi all,

This is the one in a series of strategies I am developing for no limit hold’em played online. The idea is to identify patterns and use a combination of player composition, patterns and applied mathematics (odds) to come up with the best way to beat any particular game at a given point in time.

One basic theme in all of my hold’em strategies is that both of your pocket cards must play to be successful. The reason is to take as many options away from your opponents as possible.

This article is about re-buy tournaments. In general I think you should always re-buy and add-on. So why not stop here? Well, I think there is some strategy to re-buy tourneys. First, we have to segregate the tourneys into manageable chunks.

Here is how I divide them:

  • Free-rolls with re-buys.
  • Buy-in with unlimited re-buys in the first hour.
  • Buy-in with limited re-buys in the first hour.

For paid re-buys, consider the initial pot of money to at least double in a re-buy tourney without increasing the number of places paid.

Now that we have that settled, let’s take a look at the differences...

First off a re-buy will generally allow you to add-on chips during the first hour if your chip count falls below your starting chips. The strategy here is to play the first hand that is not raised before you make your play and add-on right after that hand. This will give you the chip lead at your table or will put you near the chip leader board at your table right away.

Second, anytime you fall below the starting chips, do an add-on. You will need these chips to help build your stack.

Hand Selection

Free-rolls:

Most players in a free-roll re-buy tourney will not re-buy. You should always re-buy in these tourneys. Free-rolls with re-buys will generally have unlimited re-buys for the first hour. For free-rolls, consider the tourney to be volatile until the end of the re-buy tourney. You can also be pretty loose during this period since you can always buy back in if you go out. So what does it mean to you? Is it worth it to re-buy 10 or 12 times in a $1 free-roll that has a total prize of $1000 with $200 as first place? You would have to get to the final table to make your money back. From the pure money standpoint I would say no. From the standpoint of final table play or making it to the final table, I would say this is worth the price. Consider the $12 an investment in experience on playing in high stakes (for this tourney anyway) poker.

So the hand selection for re-buy tourneys would be to add to your normal hand selection (consult the tourney hand selections from this site, either mine or p-s.org’s) calling with any paint or any suited hands. Also, call with any Ace. If you hit top pair you should go all-in. If you have any pair, go all-in pre-flop. Once you get to double the starting chips, then play your normal strategy with an eye to a little looser play since you can always re-buy.


Buy-ins with unlimited re-buys:

These tourneys have a little more commitment. There will be more players that re-buy than in the free-roll. Much like the free-roll, play your first hand that you can and fold so you can re-buy. Again, being chip leader at the table is important, even with a re-buy tourney.

In addition to your normal strategy, I would play mid to small pairs strongly along with suited hands that have a 10 or better in them. I would also play any Ace suited or not by limping or calling 4x the big blind. Post flop play can be tricky, but betting big with high pairs, 2nd pairs that are paint and 4 flush hands is something to do. Try to drive limpers out. After all, you can re-buy.


Buy-ins with limited re-buys:

This type of tourney generally allows 3 re-buys and one add-on at the end of the first hour. I would employ the strategy of playing the first hand for the big blind and folding so I could add-on right away and be the big stack at my table right away. I would then play my normal strategy with the following modifications. 
 
Adjust to your normal strategy when you are down to one re-buy.

  • Go all-in with any pair if only limpers or all folders came in before the flop. Call any raise up to 8x the big blind, otherwise fold.
  • Go all-in with any 2 cards that are paint before the flop unless there is a 6x raise in front of you, otherwise fold.
  • Raise 4x with any Ace if no raises in front of you, otherwise fold.
  • Call with any Ax suited as long as the raise is less that 50% of your chips.
  • Consider that you can add-on if your chips fall below your starting chips.
  • You should call if you fall below the chip starting point since you can add-on or re-buy.
  • Evaluate your hand after the flop to decide if you want to go on.

After the end of the re-buy period there will be an add-on period. Take advantage of this unless you have so many chips that you don’t need the add-on. As a general rule, if the add-on will give you less that 10% of your chips or if no-one can pass you as the chip leader then do not add-on. If you can become the chip leader or if adding on will increase your chip stack more than 10%, then go ahead and add-on.

Once the re-buy/add-on period has ended, go back to your normal tourney strategy.


I welcome comments and actual results using this strategy. I make no warranty that it will work, but I will affirm that I have used it myself with success under the conditions I played (those specified above). Your mileage may vary.



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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-13-2005 07:08 PM
I just joined and this is my first post but I have been reading the stratagies for about a month now. I tried this strategy for a rebuy tourney and it worked. I came out first place in a 5$ no limit tournament today on Bet365 for a cool 483$.
Thanks fparker1!!!
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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-13-2005 08:58 PM
lol!
I was going to say thanks to fred, but coolyank has said that and so much more  Smile 

Nice one fred

and well done coolyank! also, welcome to the forums

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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-13-2005 10:17 PM
Thanks senator
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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-13-2005 10:50 PM

I came out first place in a 5$ no limit tournament today on Bet365 for a cool $483

You can send my 10% to....

How many times did you rebuy?

Congrats..



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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-13-2005 11:16 PM
i think i did like 3 or 4 rebuys.
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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-14-2005 12:02 AM

I used this strategy in a $1 unlimited rebuy tourney a few months ago. I had about 12 re-buys. A lot of the players were making negative comments about my play but I finished 2nd for about $90.

 



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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-14-2005 02:45 AM
A lot of the players were making negative comments about my play but I finished 2nd for about $90.


Forget the other players, congrats on 2nd. =)
Also congrats to Coolyank for the 1st place.

Speaking of which, even in regular tournaments, I don't think people take enough risks in calling or making raises preflop. The earliest parts of tournaments are where you'll find the most fish, so why not take their chips before someone else does? Take risks and reap the rewards.

Nice post fred

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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-14-2005 01:57 PM

Hey Fred,

I played with the formatting a bit, here's hoping you don't mind  Whistling 

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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-14-2005 09:53 PM
No problem Bryan. It would be great if it could be included in the tournament strategy section of the site.


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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-15-2005 12:21 PM

Done Fred.  Thanks again for a great article!

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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-16-2005 07:41 PM
I suggested we try a rebuy homegame as pratice for the casino.

Played pretty close to the strategy, but we have short stacks and quite high blinds so I had to deviate a little, didnt get many hands but called all ins from two people ahead of me with suited aces to try and tripple up, didnt pay off but I wouldnt of taken any of the calls back becuase I had so few 'premium' hands. Just before the rebuy session ended I has only enough for one more rebuy and an add on, so i dumped the best hand once, but then trippled up with JJ, if I had played tighter I dont think I wouldve got 2 calls ( I had 4 rebuys in 1hr 30mins). Then in the freezeout I doubled up with top 2 against table bully/chip leader, then again with AA against TT.

I went on to win!  Smile 

so thanks again fred

One thing I learnt is that you dont HAVE to have big hands, even huge dominating hands were getting beat all over the place. Picking the right time and player is crucial, and changing gears also important during the freezeout.

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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-17-2005 09:27 AM
Good job senator! Making the adjustment after the rebuy period is critical to success. You should have a table image as at least a wild player with all of the rebuys. Once you get to the freezeout period you can use that to your advantage.


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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-18-2005 03:10 PM
Thanks Fred -- You have done it again.

This Rebuy Strategy is outstanding. Been to the money but not to the final table yet; however, I do see it in my future. I usually play very tight so it took some re-programming to change to the rebuy strategy. First time I used it, I probably bought in seven or eight times, but after using your strategy several times my rebuys now are only three or four to a tourney plus the add-on.

Not only is this a very good strategy for me, but like your freeroll strategy, it is great fun to play.

Thanks Again.

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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-18-2005 05:31 PM
I think this is one pretty decent strategy for rebuys, especially the low buy-in tourneys. I usually play tourneys that are a bit more expensive, so rebuying 12 times isn't a great option for me.

My strategy a lot of times (and another option some may want to try) is to take advantage of the people trying this strategy. lol

Watch for the people playing any ace, tao painted cards, etc., and capitalize with your stronger hands. Also look for drawing hands when a lot of people are entering the pot, and yes, take risks that you might not normally take with "semi-strong" hands such as two pair, etc.

I've recently changed my strategy of not rebuying at all, though I don't look to rebuy over and over if I can help it, and it has been successful for me. (Not successful enough to keep me from stinking it up the past month, but overall it has worked out well. lol)

Good luck everyone!

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Re: Rebuy tourneys, freeroll to small buyin strategies
Posted: 04-18-2005 09:09 PM

My strategy a lot of times (and another option some may want to try) is to take advantage of the people trying this strategy. lol

Just forget who I am if you run accross me in a tourney!



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