Tournaments. Whats the attraction?
I watched the $1000 gaurenteed tournament yesterday from start to finish. I watched several tables following the progress of some birdies all the way until the final table where 23 was eventually eliminated. And I just dont get it.
I understand the attraction of turning $3 into $300. Sure. But beyond that it baffles me. From level 6 it became allin or fold poker. It seems the blinds might have been on turbo that precipitated this but none the less. From level the game degenerated into nothing but preflop poker. Which as far as I know is noting your position at the table, understanding the strength of your starting hand and how it plays against others and assessing the willingness of others behind you to play depending on their stack size or shortly observed playing style. Not inconsiderable but hardly difficult. From what I observed it was just an endless procession of Ax vs Ax or a pr. I witnessed 27 hands in a row where one or more players were all in with 25 left.
My point. What happened to flop and turn play? Has tournament online poker been reduced to nothing but preflop play? It seems before you needed a little bit of luck and a lot of skill but now that equation has been reversed.
Also I have noticed that the play has become indemic of the structure. Even at the lower blind levels people are shoving their stacks simply becuase they dont know any other way to play. This is true even of birdies. Ive witnessed AK vs 66 level 2 and similar hands allin preflop. That really isnt playing the game is it? But I understand its the nature of the quick blinds that has led to this style of play where people really have no other idea of how to play.
Bring back slower blinds. What about a blind cap. I played in a live tournament once that set a blind cap at 1% of the tournament chips. This ensured that in an even headsup encounter both players would have roughly 50BB. The result was spectacular. A slow grinding final table where players had to earn every chip. Multiway flops. Turn betting. River allins. Wonderful. Poker.
Watching last night I was saddened at what the game has become. The fast food version of what is a gourmet game. 5hrs of poker that eneded with K8 v A7 allin prelfop after 3 heads up hands.
For me online tournament poker has simply become about the gambling equation of turning a small buyin into a large winfall. You put your time in at the tables but you dont actually get to play.
Or am I missing something?