Minimum Requirements Part 2
Ok, so you now know how much to raise if you are entering the pot as the initial raiser (three times the big blind). What about if somebody else has already raised?
David Sklansky in his book, Tournament Poker for Advanced Players, talks about the Gap Concept. He basically says that you need a better hand to enter a pot if somebody has raised in front of you. He's right to an extent but more importantly if you re-raise then the raiser needs a much better hand.
So, you're going to re-raise. How much should you raise?
For the same reasons as in part one about three times his bet.
So, blinds 100 / 200, first raiser makes it 600 to go. If you are going to re-raise you should make it in the region of 1800, certainly more than 1200 though.
Now in the first instance you are the initial raiser. If you pick up the blinds you have enough extra chips to see one more round of cards. In the second instance you pick up the equivalent of THREE sets of blinds, enough for THREE more rounds of cards. You may have taken more risk the second time but the initial raiser needs to find a FAR BETTER hand than usual to call.
So what's the point of all this?
You should always try to maintain a chip stack of at least 9 times the big blind. That way you only have to make a play once every three rounds to stay alive if you're trying to stay alive in a tournament.
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