I see it a little differently in that I donâ€™t calculate how many rebuys and add ons I will need to make in order to win the tourney. I look at it as â€œI should play accordingly to the field. The rebuys and add ons will build a bigger pot for me in the end, so I need to play a strategy that knocks them out and puts me in the moneyâ€?
As I write this though, I also remind myself that there is something to be said for a one buy in, one shot at the monay. As those are equally exciting. My favor to the add on and rebuy structure is that at the end of the day, there is more loot for the bubble. I donâ€™t necessarily think that this creates a shove fest, per say, but may loosen up some peoples play, knowing that the rebuy â€œcrutchâ€? is out three. A persons style, technique and strategy of play will not change or swing from one end of the spectrum to the other. People generally speaking (unless they are learning the game) have already adopted their style of play. Adding a rebuy or an add on simply means that they have the opportunity to make the same mistakes again, for more monay.
Take Brian for example. Frogs ass tight with monay, and wouldnâ€™t have done a rebuy at the $40 buy in / $40 rebuy, but did see value in the add on, providing it was done at the right time. I as well, asked myself, if I add on, will I be getting my chips worth to be competitive as the game progresses. Itâ€™s a mental matter of how you spend the monay in your head. Do I buy something for $99.95 or $100.00? At the end of the day, itâ€™s effectively the same amount of monay. Was I willing to risk a total of 80 dollars to win $450? That was a fair investment for me. I also considered who I was playing against and how my chips would stack against theirs.
There is something to be said for both. Wherever you go, you will find all three (RBâ€™s AOâ€™s and Buy in Bust Out).
I think in the end, it boils down to personal preference. I really didnâ€™t think the add on was going to be much of anything when I hosted. But having counted them up at 16 total, apparently people liked it and added on to continue their playing in hopes of getting ahead in the tourney. It got some short stacks to the final table, and other it did nothing for them. I firmly believe that my mid second round add on, in addition to two specific hands that I forced myself to fold and not play made all the difference in where I ended up. One hand in particular was a straight draw where Hagar was in the hand and he made the K high straight. I knew that if I got into that hand with him at the river, it would have cost me a lot. Thatâ€™s just the way I play, and thatâ€™s the way Hagar plays.
I like them, I also see the value of not having RBâ€™s or AOâ€™s.