I saved a few screenshots from some of yesterday's tourneys, three of which I post below, along with a description of the general sitation in each tournament. On the surface, these hands would appear to present relatively similar situations, with relatively similar hand strengths, but may call for entirely different actions on the part of the player. If you're so inclined, I'm curious as to what your actions would be in these spots.
This first one is approximately 10 spots from the $$$ in a FTP $5.50 Double Stack NLHE. Blinds are 300/600/75, and if my recollection is correct, I'm safely in the money spots, but nowhere near having a final table chip stack. If I win this pot, I probably am in a final table stack position, but still around the money bubble:
What do you do here? UTG raise seems to indicate strength, MP re-raiser can have anywhere from mid PP (which I crush), to a racing hand. Is this a gambool spot, or an easy fold? Smooth call, or re-shove to isolate?
This second hand is from the 800-runner $3.30 KO, and again, right around the bubble, but this time, on the other side of it. Again, UTG raiser seems strong, the flat call behind him possibly stronger. You've already made the $$$, but haven't picked up more than a couple KOs, so what do you do:
Do you smooth call hoping to hit the flop? Instashove? I doubt you simply bet pot here, because that would commit such a stack.
The final situation is on the final table bubble of the same $3.30 KO:
You're the 10th place stack of 10. Even gaining one spot doubles your payout in the tourney. UTG shove actually seems week, but the flat call from the button for 1/2 his stack would appear strong. Do you call and pray for your tourney life with the great draw, or fold and pray the UTG shove loses?
Post your opinions, I'd love to hear what you have to say. I'll post my actions and screenshots of outcomes later on.