You'll probably be surprised to hear that some folks who know of me from the days of Sky Poker TV still write to me seeking poker advice. I certainly am. I do my best to reply, but poker has changed & I've probably gone at the game. So maybe you guys can help on this one.
Here's the situation.
Hero is quite experienced at the £1 & £2 MTT level & does OK, and in fact won a decent Comp in the last week. Flushed with success & a good few bob in the account, they decide to have a go in the Mini, which is a step up in class for Hero.
Early days Hero bosses the table & soon has an above average stack. Life is good.
Them Hero gets a table move. Similar stacks to 4 of them, but a huge stack to immediate left, & every time we open Villain 3 bets.
Soon Hero realises they are probably being exploited & pushed around.
What options does Hero have now?
FWIW - probably not much - my advice was;
1) Shut up shop, or at least tighten up for a while, until we can better see the lie of the land.
2) Watch the table very closely, & try to get an idea of what hand strengths he is playing when he gets to showdown or busts someone & you get to see his cards.
3) Wait & hope for a table move for you or him. It's a big field & table balancing & table moves happen very frequently.
4) These guys tend to play weak hands very strongly. You might raise into him with, say, A-10 & he'll re-raise you with something like A-4. Our hand is not really strong enough to play back, but eventually we may have to.
5) PATIENCE is key, too. It's the nut worst seat, so hang in there for a bit & watch tricks. And the thing with Tournament Poker is that sometimes we have to just put our tournament life on the line & follow through. It's often the case we are miles ahead.
So, what would your advice be? Hero is no fool, but lacks confidence at poker, particularly at the £5 level.