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Dec 15 Blog Hand 1

Profiting from ICM Pressure Defense

To apply “ICM pressure” means to bet or raise into players who are risk averse because of the stage of the tournament. The bet or raise can be preflop or postflop, into one or multiple opponents, in SNGs or MTTs.  ICM pressure is a crucial skill of the game, and a good tournament player should be very capable of applying it.   Let’s look at some common examples of ICM pressure:   1. The big stack shoves into the mid stack on the bubble of a 9man SNG. 2. In a 180man final table, two very short stacks fold. A big stack minraises, and the other big stack 3bet shoves over him. 3. On the bubble of a major MTT, a 25 bb stack opens the cutoff. The button covers, and he makes a 2.2x 3bet.   While each of these examples do involve ICM pressure, there are crucial differences among them.   In example (1), the mid stack has absolutely no defense. Depending on the stack distribution, he may have a … [Read More...]

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