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Winning Tips on Playing in a Poker Tournament (Online or Live)

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Ways to Develop Your Poker Tournament Strategies

 The one way to get a winning poker tournament strategy is to make a plan, stick to it, and practice it in places that don’t hit you up for much money. To become an excellent player, and maybe make the final table (live or online), you must have a good game and play with your capabilities. A tournament is not a different from any other poker environment, but like any competition your ability to concentrate and willingness to remain on plan will be tested.

 If you need to develop these playing skills and strategies poker then playing online, in small money tournaments that still let you make something while you invest in honing your skills and play, is a great way to go.

 Online Multi-Table Tournaments:

 If you need to get a lot of action and so more opportunities to practice your game, then Multi-Table play is a good option. Multi-Table tournaments can be very useful in building your skills and grab of the game. Most online sites have a low entry fee, some for about $1. 25 with the winning prize around $17. It is a great conditions for practicing your poker tournament strategy without a substantial bankroll.

 Sit and Go Tournaments:

 What is the major divergence in this type of game and the multi-table game? This style of tournament is more similar to a Final table, while in the Multi-Table surroundings if a player goes ‘bust’ their position can be replaced by another player. So just like a final table anyone from another table, with a much larger get, will not be moving to your table. In every other way your moves must be the same as your poker strategy dictates, which should look at your stack, your position, and players, and of course your cards. Tight play in early position and loose later is the best play, so prevent what many do, which is to play very loose early when little is at risk, and then play tighter when you could be in the money.

 If you are the Short-Stack:

 Play a good game and look for an opportunity to come. While you get a good quality hand then get behind it completely. If you have a middle stack you should also play a conservative game, but when you will enjoy the premium cards play you have been waiting for then don’t be timid.

 If you have the large stack:

 In this case you should be aggressive in your gambling versus short or medium stacks. Neither hopes to take you on, and this is a good time to steal blinds and antes. Some thoughts on making it to the Final Table:

 If you are not very many players away from the final table play tighter since the payouts are much bigger if you make it to the final poker table. Knowing this, of course will have the big stacks trying to push you around. You can utilize this to your benefit when up against other short or medium stacks, who fear getting eliminated. If you end up ‘heads up’ for the tournament in that case don’t forget that pot odds favor good starter cards, and the chance of drawing a hand rare.

 Are Limit Tournaments different from No-Limit?

 If a player usually plays in no-limit games they can be used to the aggressive play, but have to modify their tactics some. With a limit it is harder to choose to bluff and steal pots, since their entire stack will not be at risk. If you have a good hand then be aggressive and play it with conviction.

 General Thoughts:

 Stay with your poker and build your bank roll by playing quality cards. Be patient and don’t try to force play. When you get a high quality hand you must push it. When you have a really good hand and the pot odds are to your advantage don’t overplay it and eliminate everyone too early. Many amateur players’ poker tournament strategies include playing very reduce early in a tournament, so rather than following them, make use of it to against them. Instead of trying to steal the pots, call raises, and re-raise more often. Hopefully they will exit early and allow you to make your stack quietly. Later your opponents will tighten up their play and then you should adjust again and do the opposite.

 Remember, the more you apply your strategy, the ‘luckier’ you will become!



Apr 2, 2012 12:40am

Are you from outside the US? Its rather difficult now to find onine poker in the US for money. There are still sites like Cake Poker that will allow US players, but since the Justice Department shut down the big ones (Full Tilt, Poker Stars etc. and others like Ultimate Bet also closed) to US players the market is really dead for us online.

I used to play microlimit SNGs and Heads Up games all the time but they are very hard to find now. Most tournaments that accept US players have something like 1,500 -3,000 players starting out, and even if you're a pro, its like winning the lottery to get in the top ten with those where you get paid a significant amount for your 3-4 hours of work.
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