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Tournament Poker General Tips and Strategies

Tournament Poker General Tips and Strategies

No matter what type of tournament poker you are joining, there are general tips and strategies that apply. Here are some of them.

1. Think costs. If the prize pool is too small relative to the number of players and time it takes to complete the tournament, then it's not worth it. If you are going to win $10 after grueling it out online for several hours, you know the prize isn't right.

2. Play tight in the beginning. The early stage of tournament poker is the weeding-out of the weakest players - fish. Fold most hands and play only premiums, that is only the 10 best hands or fewer. With lots of loose play going on, fish are apt to eliminate one another. Later on you can pick on whoever is left to build up your stack.

3. Early in the tournament, do not pursue hands that do not improve on the flop. Not even if you are the blind since the blinds are still small at this time. The time to chase hands is the tournament is advancing and you are short-stacked.

4.. When you are in good position, try stealing the blinds from a short-stacked player without risking too much of your own chips. You want to do this more often in advanced stages.

5. Calculate how much to bet on a drawing hand. This requires careful judgment. Never risk too much of your stack early on. Your concern is to add as many chips as you can to your stack without reducing what you already have.

6. Now late in the tournament, the blinds are bigger. So folding is more expensive. You can no longer afford to play tight while waiting for the best hands. Be looser and more aggressive.

7. If you are so short on chips that you will not last more than a few blinds, you have no choice but to go all-in once you get good cards. Just try to avoid doing this against big stacks since they can easily call you.

8. If short-stacked steal blinds from other short-stacked players.

9. Always go all-in with premium hands if short on chips.

10. Be more patient when you have the money. But be aggressive with good hands.

11. There will be a great many preflop raises and all-ins in the final stage. Re-raise if you have a strong hand.

12. Don't do the work if someone else will. That is, do not get in the middle of two players in a raising war. Let them knock each other out for you.

13. Makes notes of players if you play online, as much as you can. This will help you make decisions at crucial times. If you know someone goes all-in with any pair, and you get a better hand, you know you can play them.

14. Be aggressive when you have no choice. Be tight when you know you have to. And pick on someone you know you can beat.

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