Kevin Gerhart, KGerhart in the Twitch chat, has been off to some blazing starts thus far in the preliminary Run it Up events: he was chip leader after registration closed in the NLH Kickoff and the Black Chip Bounty, he led after the first break in the Win-The-Button, and once more finds himself among the leaders in today's 8-Game championship.
So what's the secret? KGerhart has some advice for the Run it Uppers planning on playing more of the side events.
"Basically the strategy for No Limit [in the RIU events] is to play aggressive early, build up a stack, because the tournaments are so turbo and once the blinds and antes reach a certain point theres very little play left. You have to weather the storm with your chips until you get to the final table shorthanded and get back to a good amount of blinds."
Today's 8-Game Mix has only one-eighth the No-Limit of most of the week's events, but luckily for KGerhart the game was first up and he doubled up on the very first hand. "I had [AxQx] suited against AK, I had the nut straight on [AxKxJxTx4x], and he mucked his hand but he said he had [AxKx]."
But that wasn't the only big No-Limit hand that KGerhart was the beneficiary of, as he added even more chips thanks to a lucky run out. "I got in [JxTx] suited against [AxAx], flopped a [Tx] and rivered a [Jx] to knock him out."
So why is Kevin so successful utilizing his strategy? KGerhart thinks it might have something to do with putting opponents off balance. "Being a younger kid and showing aggression early leads to people acting out of character to try to combat my aggression. Which is great for me, because I just get to play my game. And secretly I'm just a nit.
"Welcome to the story of poker for everyone in the under-30s. We wear out hoodies and our headphones, and we're actually just complete nits."
KGerhart has 42,000 to start Level 7.