I played in my first live tournament at the casino Saturday night, not a bad turn out, 61 entered. Starting chip stack 15,000.
I have been playing online for about 5 or 6 years now and something started to happened that was not prepared for. Toward the end of the event it was either All in or fold, no was even trying to limp or raise. I was ~4th out of ~11 people judging from the chip stacks at my table and the other table.
The blinds were ~4k/2k (20 minute levels) there were 5 people (Starting number was 10) at my table and 6 at the other, which was causing the blinds to come much more frequently, which in turn were eating up my stack.
My question is how to play when the table is all in or fold.
I noticed that compared to online when people were calling all in they actually had something, not to say some were not bluffing, however when the cards were shown it was AK against AQ or AJ or a high pair.
Couple times I actually had good hands, I would raise, normally about 4X the blind and everyone would fold, couldn't get a caller, however when they did get hands they would call (just didn't happen to me)so risking a bad hand on a raise was something I was not willing to do.
My stradegy was to just sit tight until I got a good hand, which didn't come around as much as I would have liked, I was able to recover my blinds by going all in when I did have something but about 30 minutes into that I was not longer 4th.
Is there a strategy or concept when playing in a live tournament, or was this maybe a fluke and not the norm?
"All in or fold" Game.