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Poker Strategy | Tournaments Strategy

Shallow Money Tournament Considerations

As poker players, we would all love to play in tournaments where the average chip stack is greater than 40 times the big blind. Unless you are able to fork out $10,000 or are lucky enough to find a casino that actually caters to poker players...

Thirteen tips to think about before playing a big tournament

The following are some tips to think about before playing in a big poker tournament. Print this up and read through it the next time you are going to play the Sunday Million at PokerStars or maybe even a big WPT or WSOP event. #1 - Have fun! This...

Early tournament pre-flop play – Part IV

Rather than give you entire hand histories where you have no idea what is going on, I thought it would be beneficial to just summarize the hands that addressed some of the key concepts we have discussed in the earlier articles. Playing middle pairs...

Early tournament pre-flop play – Part III

In the previous part, I discussed some different starting hands by position and the action you should take if you are dealt them. Let me make it clear that this was not a fixed "you should only play these hands" guidelines. Everything in poker is...

Early tournament pre-flop play - Part II

Have you heard the saying "tight up front, loose in the back?" When someone says this they are talking about pre-flop play and how you should be tighter in early positions and looser in later positions. The statement doesn't really give...

Early Tournament Pre-flop Play

Get ready for a series of primers designed to take you through a tournament and to help you understand the ideas and workings behind a particular concept. This series will be five parts in length, and will hopefully give you the understanding you...

chip stacksRoad Map to Heads Up Poker

In his article Heads Up , Tony Bromham addresses the special circumstances involved when playing Heads Up, and suggests that aggression is the only successful style. A player simply cannot be tight and wait for the good cards to come. The...

JB's One Card Tournament Rule

The One Card Rule: • If there is a raise in front, look only at your first card. If it is not a Queen or above, muck your hand without looking at your second card. • In the first or second round you may consider mucking if the card is not a...

Basic Strategy for Low Buy-in MTT's

Many of the bloggers' sites I read have covered this topic recently and I have my own thoughts. I'm not an exclusive MTT player, but I have played my fair share of these tournaments with some success. Keep in mind, there are numerous factors to...

Poker Tournaments are Two Games in One

The reason many cash poker players fail to do well in tournaments is the two tiered game. Not only are you required to play poker well you must also make calculated plays based on your position in the tournament, the second game. The converse is...

How to Color Up in a Poker Tournament?

This year I've spent 3 or 4 nights a week in a series of poker tournaments ran by the U.S. Military Club system in Japan. Since most of the people are Club managers, few really have experience with poker tournaments. They gave a great try and for...

The Pros And Cons Of Playing Loose In SnG's

I have numerous situations to talk about in regards to playing loose, but I'll just focus on the three main categories of SnG's that I play, or have played, for now. As most people have read, there are both positive and negative instances in...

Starting Hands in Tournament NL Hold ‘em

There is only one real top hand, and there is only one middle pair, K-K. All other pairs are low pairs, and if an Ace hits on the flop, your K-K should be demoted. Big Slick, (A-K), is included with these two hands not because of its strength, but...

Selecting an Online Tournament Site

You have probably played on multiple sites and noticed that the style of play varies dramatically. You may chalk that up to the unknown, but it is likely that the site has contributed to the situation you are seeing. Also, the aggressive or more...

Sit and Go Strategy

A sit n' go (SNG) tournament is typically a single-table tournament with an unscheduled start time. When a predetermined number of people register, the tournament begins. The number of participants is determined by the site and the game. Several...

Basic Poker Tournaments Strategy

Over the last several years, poker tournaments have become exceedingly popular among poker players compared to cash games, and the most obvious culprit to blame for these developments, is the TV. Constantly aired tournaments (such as WPT, EPT and...

Freeroll poker tournaments

The old saying is “You don't get something for nothing”. Whilst that is almost universally true in most aspects of life, in poker free rolls things work a little differently. In a poker free roll you can win money, serious money, just for playing...

Online Poker Tournaments

Perhaps value is something you should consider. In a straight forward tournament, which has the usual sort of buy-in and house fee, with no guaranteed prize pool and nothing out of the ordinary in the way of a prize, value is not generally on offer...

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