Unexploitable plays are simply calculated ‘all-ins’ that are mathematically profitable no matter what hand you have.
The pot size, your stack size, and your table position will be the factors that render your shove profitable.
Often times in tournaments you will not get dealt premium hands, and as your stack gets shorter you will be forced to take chances with weaker hands.
This is why it is important to know when to take these chances and why.
REASONS TO MAKE AN UNEXPLOITABLE SHOVE
When you are short stacked, and have 20 big blinds or less, look to start shoving all in with decent hands in late position.
Remember that you cannot be afraid to bust out of a tournament. Sometimes you have to take calculated risks in uncomfortable spots.
“Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.”
This move is based on the 15% Rule. The pot should be at least 15% or more of your stack before shoving all in.
Because your are primarily shoving from later position, you will only have to worry about a few players.
These players will be forced to fold the majority of the time just based on the hands they are dealt.
If remaining players are not dealt a decent hand that can call, then they have to fold.
You can still win when you get called. It’s not great getting called when shoving all in with a weak hand, but you can always outdraw your opponent and double up.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOVING ALL IN
Exposure – You want to be in late position, with fewer opponents left to act. This is refferred to as having ‘low exposure’.
15% rule – The current pot total should be at least 15% of your stack.
Hand strength – If you have 6-7, it may be a slightly profitable shove but one you may pass on. If you have a K-J, it is a stronger and more profitable shove, and a spot you should be taking.
Stack Size – In general you should have 10-20 big blinds or less when making these late position shoves.
Unopened Pot – This move is much more profitable when the pot is unopened, meaning everyone has folded to you.
In tournaments, you will be forced to take chances as the blinds escalate.
Use these profitable plays to give yourself the best chance to stay in the tournament, even if you are not getting any good hands.