Surviving a large field in a multi-table online poker tournament and coming out on top is extremely difficult. Many players face this challenge constantly, trudging through numerous failures and coming up short.
Why do we come back?
It’s the lure of a big payday for most. But, it’s also the dynamics of tournament poker that can keep many interested in the game. Also, the rush you get with a win or final table finish is probably the best feeling you can have in poker. Winning a big pot in a cash game is always nice but there’s nothing better than sitting down to an online poker tournament with the same starting stack as everyone else and finishing with all the chips in play.
In addition to the money, that’s what always brings me back. The fact you can sit down, go to mental warfare continuously fighting for your tournament life, come out on top or outlast hundreds, maybe even thousands, of players to cash in the top money payouts is the best feeling ever.
One thing you must get accustomed to in tournament poker is failure after failure. It’s difficult to be positive and play your best when you’ve played several tournaments without a decent finish or cash. I look at tournaments as a numbers game. There is a lot of luck involved. I don’t care how good you are. If you pick up K-K and run into A-A, most of the time you’re going to try and get all your chips in pre-flop and go broke. Bad beats are so much more common in tournament poker as well. There’s a lot of shoving all-in late in tournaments. “Push and pray.”
Many times finishing deep requires optimal timing and lots of luck. You pick up A-A against another guy’s K-K or you’re A-K holds against A-Q.
You want to win a tournament? Win lots of races.
It may sound like I’m being negative about tournament poker but I’m not. That’s the reality. You have to find yourself in dominating spots to stack other players and figure out who can find the fold button. That’s where you can pick up a lot of chips. Pick on the weaklings. It might sound like schoolyard bully tactics but poker is war. Kill or be killed.