Progressive Knockout tournaments–commonly referred to as PKOs–are growing in popularity all the time due to their action-packed style and potential for quick returns.
But with bounties up for grabs and money to be made long before the bubble, the strategy for PKO tournaments changes drastically to regular MTTs.
So, how should you adjust your play for PKOs?
That’s one thing PokerStars School is looking at in this update.
- Five tips for Progressive Knockout tournaments
- Applying and avoiding pressure when deep
- Dealing with light C-bettors
- More from PokerStars School
Five tips for Progressive Knockout tournaments
A Progressive KO (Knockout) tournament is one in which half of your buy-in goes to the overall prize pool to be paid out like a normal tournament, while the other half constitutes your bounty.
The progressive element comes in because when you eliminate another player, you only get half of their bounty in winnings. The other half attaches to your own bounty, meaning that: the more players you eliminate, the bigger a target you become.
From early survival to big-stack bullying, check out:
Five tips for Progressive Knockout tournaments.
Applying and avoiding pressure when deep-stacked
There’s nothing better than having a big stack and a strong hand. All you have to do is think about how to get your opponent to shovel in as much money as possible.
It’s nasty when you’re on the other side of it though and you can sense another big stack is trying to take it all from you.
“The best way to explain how stack depth affects the amount of pressure your range wants to apply or avoid is by looking at two very different board textures,” writes Pete Clarke.
Check out Applying and avoiding pressure when deep-stacked here.
Dealing with light C-bettors
“C-betting too much is an easy crime to commit. While on some boards, it is perfectly fine to bet just about anything as the pre-flop raiser, on others it is necessary to slow down and build a checking range,” writes Clarke.
“Even if the flop is suitable for betting all of your range, defending that wide c-betting range to a check/raise is another challenge altogether. Today we are going to look at just how easy it is to fold too often to check/raises in spots where people c-bet just about any hand.”
Learn more in Dealing with light C-bettors.
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