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No Limit Tournaments Can Be Fruitful

Jul 26, 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.

At the start of a tournament, the blinds are very small in comparison to the players chip counts. This is when your poker skills have the biggest effect on the game. Once the blinds become large relative to stack sizes, all the chips go in pre flop, and it's more of a crapshoot.

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 the blinds get big in relation to the stacks, especially your stack, the opposite becomes true. You play your big pairs, and top pair top kicker hands fast and hard. The small suited connectors and small pairs need to be folded to raises.

Too many tournament players just look at their hole cards to make decisions. Experienced players consider stack sizes, along with other factors, to make decisions. This gives them a more complete sense of what might happen.

With the blinds big, it becomes essential to steal them as much as possible. When you look to steal, you need to sense what your opponents will be thinking. The size of their stacks controls a great deal of how the will play. Here's a case in point.

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.

You really need a very strong hand to go all in here. It isn't dangerous for either player to call you, and you risk making nothing. It is their stack sizes compared to yours, that tells you this.

If these two players have only 2500 chips each the situation is totally different. Neither player will want to risk not cashing, unless they have a huge hand. Your stack can damage them enough to be more cautious. So you can push all in more often in these cases, because you will get more folds.

Well, these are some of the things that you need to pay attention to if you want to be a good tournament player. It's a lot more than just the cards. Good luck at the tables.
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