Sunday, October 24, 2010
Poker pearl #51
The Oct. 20 issue of Card Player magazine (see scan of cover above) has an interview of 23-year-old online poker pro, Adam Sherman. It was pointed out that Sherman either wins the tournament or misses the final table altogether. His response:
"I think my results are a reflection of my playing style. Some top players are playing too passively at final-table bubbles. The major mistake they make is agreeing with the ICM* assumption that their chips are worth just as much as everyone else's. That's flawed thinking, because any good player knows he can accomplish more with a big stack thank any random player can.
"I understand that nobody wants to bubble a final table, but passive play is not going to get you the big money, which is reserved for the top three payouts."
*ICM (Independent Chip Model) is used to determine a player's equity in a given tournament, based on the percentage of chips he currently possesses, relative to the total amount of chips in play, the number of players remaining and the remaining prize pool.