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...]
Collin Moshman graduated from Caltech in 2003 with a degree in theoretical math prior to becoming a professional online sit 'n go player. He is the author of best-selling poker strategy books Sit 'n Go Strategy,
Heads-Up No-Limit Hold 'em, and The Math of Hold'em. Collin is also the lead SNG coach for Cardrunners and Pokerstrategy. He lives in Mexico with his wife Katie and dog Wilbur, playing on Pokerstars as tfnc314.