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What Is ICM Factor?
ICM Factor is a concept I created in order to efficiently and easily explain how much ICM will factor into a given situation.
What Makes Up ICM Factor?
ICM Factor can be applied to any aspect of a tournament that may be impacted by ICM. The following concepts are what you will have to consider:
-What stage of the tournament you are in
-How big of a field you are playing and the amount paid
-What the payout structure is
-How much above or below average stack you are
-How much is your stack utility impacted, and how often. This can be explained as: Does your opponent/s cover you, if so by how much? If you cover them, then by how much and are they actively applying pressure?
-How close to the money bubble you are
-How many buy-ins a mincash is
-How close to the final table you are
-What the stack sizes are at the final table, and how each impacts ICM
The more each of these matter in your given...
In this article, I am going to discuss the general main stages of a tournament, how to quantify them, and how various types of stacks during each stage should be played. I will also turn this piece into a video, so if you are a LearnProPoker member, please make sure to watch that while reading this article by clicking here.
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There are effectively 8 stages of a tournament:
-Early (Re-Entry open)
-Early (Entry Closed/Freeze Out)
-In The Money (Early)
-In The Money (Late)
-Final Table Bubble
The Early Stages
In the early stages of the tournament we have 85%+ of the field remaining. Because play is different whether we are in a re-entry tournament or whether registration is closed, I am splitting these into 2 categories although they play very similarly.
During the Early...
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This is the first article in my series on how to approach playing online poker in terms of:
Let's get started with...
The main reasons people play online are:
For fun, to improve, to grind out a side income, and to make a living.
If you are playing online for fun and don’t take it very seriously, then you are essentially gambling and should treat it as such.
This is by far the most common reason people play online. The main reason this works so well is the number of hands you can play, and the relative difficulty is much higher and thus provides good and cheaper practice compared to live tournaments. As an example, the difficulty of an $11 buy-in on ACR is likely equivalent to a $600 buy-in in Las Vegas.
If your goal is to improve, you are going to want to learn how to use the basic study tools like RangeTrainerPro, GTOTrainer, PokerTracker, ICMizer,...