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No Limit Holdem Tournament Play

Jun 11, 2008
No limit holdem has become the big game in poker. The WSOP world championship is a no limit holdem event. Let's look at some ways to improve your strategy for these events.

First off, you need to watch how the other players at your table play. You have to adapt to how the game is going. As the tournament evolves, you need to use different tactics.

In the early stage of a tournament, everyone is somewhat deep stacked. This is when you can play "poker". Later, when the blinds get huge in relation to players stack sizes, it becomes more of an all in pre flop type game.

When everyone has a lot of chips compared to the blinds, you can use hands like small pocket pairs or suited connectors to hit big hands, cracking the big pairs. When you have big pairs you need to be careful. If you don't improve these hands you can get in trouble.

When this situation is reversed, and the blinds are large compared with the stack sizes, this condition is reversed. Top pairs become king. The smaller pairs and suited connectors are hard to play against a player who is raising you.

This is what most players new to no limit holdem tournament do wrong. They don't adjust their play to the stack sizes in relation to the blinds, especially their own stack. They play the cards only.

When the blinds get bigger, it's necessary to steal the blinds whenever you can to keep your stack from shrinking to nothing. Consider all the stack sizes here too when making steal moves. Let's look at why.

You have 8,000 chips and are sitting on the button with the action folded to you. The tournament is nearing the bubble, where you start to make money. The blinds are 500/1000 with antes of 100. The small blind has a stack of 70,000 chips, and the big blind has 100,000.

In this situation the two players in the blinds can risk calling you with a lot of hands. So, you would want to have a strong hand to play. The strength of these two players stacks forces you to wait for a good hand.

If the small blind has 10,000 chips, and the big blind 13,000, things are very different. These two will fold unless they have big hands, so you can go all in with a much weaker hand and be confident to steal the blinds most of the time.

So as you can see, it's more than just your hole cards. If you want to be a winning tournament player, you need to consider many factors before making your moves. These pointers should help you do this better.
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