Tourney #1: Four players left, I am short stack, but not by much. I am dealt KK
and go all in before the flop.
I bet big with KK in all situations but 1: being on the bubble. I would have considered giving away a little value and seeing the flop on the cheap. This would decrease the expected # of chips to be won on the hand, but, I believe, give me a better chance of moving up the ladder and making money. Overall, a more profitable play. Again, only on the bubble would I not bet KK. Tourney #3: I am the next-to-shortest stack of about seven remaining players. I am dealt KK from under the gun and go all in. The short stack calls me and the blinds fold. He shows AQo (not again!), the flop has a King and I end up almost doubling up. OK, with seven players remaining, I would bet KK.
Tourney #4: I'm in 5th place and am dealt TT. I raise 3x the big blind and get
In Super / System, Doyle advises against betting 3x the bb on TT. I do not know if correct tournament play is different. I also know that most people disagree with Doyle on this point. Personally, I can’t agree with him intuitively, but since I starting following his advice, I have been more successful at playing pockets in NL.