January 10, 2011 1:59:18 PM EST
Well, it's not THAT deep-stacked. Within 4 hours time most people I expect will be in shove-fold mode. Their structures aren't all that forgiving, but if you know how to exploit certain level jumps and steal to build up your stack, you can become a force.
I believe the levels are only 20 minutes long each, which in a live setting doesn't mean a ton of hands, even with auto-shufflers. Still, you get enough chips that you can lose some decent sized pots early and still be in contention.
I remember the last time I played one like this I lost a good chunk early when I had AK and raised (five-handed, not everyone had shown up to the table yet) and got called by KJ s00ted. Flop was AK3 but with two of his suit. I bet about 2/3rd the pot and he called. Turn was a brick (didn't complete any straights or flushes) and I led for the pot (1500)
He again called. The river was the 3............of his suit. I check-called his 1500 chip bet into the 4500 chip pot and saw the bad news. The guy thought I was on AQ and figured a King was an out as well. Man I wish a king had fallen, could've gotten a nice stack early.
The last one I cashed in I just missed the final table. Finished 11th when the button min-raised with KJ offsuit and I had AT in the blinds and shoved (it was shove-fold mode given stack sizes at that point). I had him covered, he said "I have a really good hand" <------- LOL @ THIS, and eventually he called me. So we went into a 60/40 "race" and the flop of KKT pretty much sealed it and crippled me.
I made my stand with A9 and got called in two spots, including a guy with QT who rivered a gutshot straight draw (when my 9 hit no less) to bust me on the final table bubble.