Use programs like ICMIZER or HRC (or enroll in the Tournament Masterclass) and study these spots more in-depth. Your game will improve dramatically within just a week of practice!
4. Not Recognizing “Any 2” Spots From The Small Blind
Against a recreational player in the big blind (and even against regulars in some situations), you’ll find that sometimes you have situations where you should shove any 2 cards from the small blind. This means that 100% of the time, your chips should be going in the middle.
Often, this is due to ICM pressure.
If you have a situation where you can put the pressure on a shorter stack in the big blind, shoving “any 2” might be the correct move. You can use programs like ICMIZER to drill these spots very effectively and gain an understanding of when to apply this.
Other times, you’ll have an “any 2” spot when the big blind is a recreational player who is massively overfolding. Like you saw with mistake #3, you’re often supposed to defend a ton of hands in the big blind. Even if it’s not a situation where big blind should defend 100% of hands, it’s likely that they’re supposed to continue with 40%-50% of hands, even if you shove all in.
Take advantage of players who are over-folding to your jams by shoving all in with up to 100% of your hands. You’ll print money and increase your stack to give you more maneuverability, just by taking advantage of passive players in the big blind.