Poker strategy essays
Top 3 tournament poker strategy
Navigating your way through a poker tournament is
like working your way through a maze or playing a
chess match. It requires specific strategies and a
bit of luck. Of course, you can't control your luck.
However, you can choose your strategies. Which strategies
you employ depend on a variety of factors such as:
the type of player you are, the type of players you're
playing against, how many people are in the tournament,
your overall ability, whether it is online
poker and much more.
Here are three basic tips for good tournament poker
Tight is right (to begin with)
Many experts will tell you in the early stages of
a tournament that your mantra should be tight is right.
They don't want you to play a lot of hands or take
many chances early. Your goal in the beginning is
to just survive. Sure, you should play better hands
at the beginning of the tournament than you would
in later stages because there are more players still
in the game, and you don't really know what anyone's
playing style is yet. This doesn't mean you can't
take any chances.
You should also never ignore your gut. If your intuition
tells you to play a hand, play it! It's usually right.
Keep your eyes peeled on your rivals
In the middle stages of the tournament when about
half of the field has busted out, you must continue
to play conservatively. You should also pay careful
attention to how much people are betting and in what
position they're doing the betting. You might be able
to steal some blinds. You will also open your play
to include a few more hands such as suited connectors
and low pocket pairs, especially if you're at a tight
By now, you should know a little bit about whether
you are or not. However, you still need to be careful.
Don't forget - other players might be loosening up
at this time too!
Choose between safe or coming out all guns blazing
At the end of a tournament, you've got to play it
to win it. You have to decide if you just want to
survive 'til the money or really be a force at the
final table. If you want to play in survival mode,
then get as tight as you possibly can. Of course,
you have steal blinds probably once a round because
they're so big at this point - and, depending upon
the size of your stack, you may need the chips.
If you want to go for the gusto, you're going to
have to gamble. To paraphrase two-time WSOP Main Event
champ Johnny Chan, 'to win a poker tournament, you
need to have ten lives. A cat only needs nine'. When
you gamble, there's a greater risk of busting out.
Of course, there's the old cliché: no guts, no glory.
You just have to be aware of the risks and rewards
of your actions before you commit yourself to any
Remember there is no wrong or right way to play a
tournament. If you're flexible, vigilant and able
to handle a few bad beats, you'll do just fine.
Now, get out there and play!
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