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Strategies for Poker Tournament Play

May 25, 2008
If you choose to play in a poker tournament be it online or live one must know that other players at the table also have the skills and strategies employed to compete on a very close level top some professional poker players.

A player who develops a great poker skill set and combines that with sound poker strategies will be able to elevate his game from one that loses to a profitable one. Using a good strategy the average poker player will be able to gain some sort of advantage against the other players seated at the tournament table.

There are mainly two ways to become a profitable poker player. One way would be being ultra conservative and on the other side of that would be to be hyper aggressive. Most poker games consist of 10 players at the table. More often then not most of these players start out being hyper aggressive. A better way would be to sit back and be ultra conservative and let the other players at the table beat up on each other for awhile.

The reason that a lot of poker players take an aggressive stance to begin with is that they believe that they will be able to garner a good amount of chips right away from the start of the tournament and then they can switch gears and become conservative and ride out their stack until they are able to get to the money. While this may seem like a good strategy to try to employ it is very flawed in that when everyone at the table is aggressive there is no one to push around at all.

One way that some players will play to always be after the flop if they are in the hand. This gives the player that bet the hand control throughout the rest of the hand. The other players must then be on the defensive and figure out what the aggressive player might be holding or thinking. If the player betting the flop bets a large enough amount they may be able to take down a fair amount of chips without ever hold a good hand.

The other poker tournament strategy is the passive form of play. This type of play requires the player to be able to sit back and watch the other players beat up on each other, and pick and choose the moments when to attack and make moves. Playing this style will also allow the player to glean as much information from the other opponents at the table.

Whatever style of play you choose to use in your tournament career it is of vital importance that you be able to change your style of play on the go and always be able to be flexible and adapt to what the players around you are doing. Make sure that whatever base style of poker you choose to play that it goes hand in hand with your strongest poker skill.
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