Tournament Strategy and Avoiding The Stampede is a double poker strategy weapon. In special tournaments it can rapidly increase your prize money while helping you to avoid being caught in the after the Bubble Stampede. This post Bubble chaos is where you can be the very unlucky innocent victim of being in the wrong hand at the wrong time.
The basic Avoiding The Stampede strategy is after the Bubble has burst you get the mad stampede of players trying to double up or get to the cashier. These either all in shoves or very aggressive fold equity 3bets are usually made with a very wide range of hands that usually include any Ace or King rag or something sort of connected.
In long term poker strategy theory you are most likely to be told that you should take advantage of these times and hands when you are likely to be ahead of most hand ranges they have. But you could decide to Avoid The Stampede. Why not take the long term edge? If you have enough chips to not need to gamble then by doing a Phil Hellmuth – avoiding all ins or flips for a decent portion of your chips stack – you can wait for a better spot when you know you are a bigger favourite.
If your chip stack means you are not in serious need of chips – perhaps OK to average chip stack but not a large chip stack – then by not getting in the way of the stampeding feet of the table and to the cashier you can quickly increase your prize payout while avoiding 60/40 shots or even worse coming up against a monster hand when one of the crazies finally has it.
The perfect Stampede
Avoiding The Stampede works best with large guarantee tournaments that do not have massive amount of runners but the main ingredients depends on the payout structure. Very, very flat prize structures like those found on the normal large PokerStars tournaments do not offer the optimum Stampede conditions. By avoiding the charging herd you do reduce your risk of getting knocked out but with the standard PokerStars payouts you will – relatively speaking – not increase your prize money enough.
Tournament prize pools where your #WINNING amount increase by $25-$50 and exponentially increase for every 10 people who get knocked out are the sort of tournaments that you should be looking for.