In Chapter 37 of my book Fossil Man’s Winning Tournament Strategies, as well as in my last column on Card Player, I cover how to adjust for bounty tournaments. We discussed how many players did not qualify for prizes at early levels, and then frequently adjusted the amounts for prizes at later levels. We also cover my strategy for properly adjusting, by converting the cash value of the prize to an amount equivalent to tournament chips. Now I want to cover some other adjustments for you to make.
In any tournament it is very important that you know your exact number of chips. It is also important for you to know the approximate number of chips of each player on your table, visit xxxxxxxx. In a bounty tournament, it is even more important to know the number of these chips, and especially who has who is covered.
If you and I have the same stacks at the start of a standard tournament, I will play the same role regardless of who has the bigger stacks. But in a bounty tournament, it makes a big difference whether I have the potential to win your prize on this hand.
While it is always appropriate for any player to have their chips stacked adequately, with larger denomination chips up front and visible, it is much more important that you stay on top of this issue. Remind players politely to display their chips properly, and if they fail to comply, ask the dealer to handle the situation. Don’t be afraid to engage the floor or tournament director if necessary, that’s important!
Now that you know exactly which prizes you can win, and who can win yours, you need to make some major adjustments to this fact. Whenever you are considering playing a hand against anyone, keep in mind who has the more chips. If they have you covered, you probably have far less bluff equity, and should consider that in both decisions, whether to play the hand or not, and how you will play the hand.
For example, imagine that you are considering calling a raise with the appropriate small connector. One of the reasons for playing such a hand is that even if you completely fall behind the board, you may end up bluffing your opponent into folds. However, if they have you covered, and if a bluff like that is all-in, they are more likely to call, and you should be much less likely to attempt a bluff. Since you have less bluff of equity, it is possible that the hand should fold before it falls, even if it is usually right to play.
On the other hand, you should be much more inclined to play starting hands against the opponents you have covered. There is an upside potential to winning their prize, if that happens. And, if they also notice this reduction in bluff equity, they’ll be more likely to try to bully you. And this means you get a more predictable score from their play.
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