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Tips to Help You Succeed in German Poker Tournaments

Jul 14, 2008
Now that major poker tournaments are being held in Germany due to the popularity of the game, it is important for German players to benefit from tips from professionals to help them win their game. Even though many people have enjoyed the game for hundreds of years, it has exploded all over the Europe with thousands of people playing online. Whether you play at home, in the casino or online, you need to know the difference in how to play a successful game and how to play a successful tournament. In a tournament, you need to win all of the chips to be the winner. If you don't make a bet and take a risk, you will lose your chips in paying out the blinds when you turn comes around.

You do need luck on your side no matter how much skill and experience you have. Although the televised games shown in German TV give the appearance that all the players make a lot of money, the truth is that only a small number of players actually make a living from playing in tournaments.

There is a difference between ring games and tournament games. In a ring game, a German player must collect the maximum amount of chips. In a tournament game, the same player must collect ALL of the chips within a specific timeframe and with constantly increasing blinds. This means you have to win more hands and win the chips much faster in a tournament.

The Gap Concept is one that many players in Europe are now applying to their game. This means you have to remember that you need a better hand than the person who has placed the blind than what you would need to open the betting yourself. You do need to have a really good hand to call a bet, but a fair hand would be all right for placing a bet. You do have to follow the blinds in playing the game. At the beginning you can play tight and wait for other players to make mistakes. However, as the blinds start to rise, you will need to take chances and make bets.

Don't worry about how many German players are left at other tables. Focus your attention on the table at which you are playing. Your goal is to become the chip leader and to maintain that position until the end. There will be times when you will lose your lead, but you can bring it back up with just one good hand. Learning to read your opponents is an important skill because through observation you will learn whether or not they have a good hand. You will also be able to get an idea of how they play and this can help you outplay them when you know you have the best hand.

A good player doesn't stick to the same plan all the time. He/She can change strategies in the middle of the game when the time is right. Position, the action of the blinds and reading other players are strategies that will help you succeed in tournaments.
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