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Steal as Many Blinds as Possible

Aug 10, 2008
To survive in a long tournament setting, you need stamina, good decision making, and a decent chip stack. One way to build the chip stack as you get deeper in a tournament is to start forcing the issue early in the hand, at times, and try to win the pot before the flop, or steal the blinds so to speak. You have to keep a count as to how many big blinds you have in your stack. Hopefully you can keep it up around 40 bib blinds, but as you get deeper in tournaments and the blinds keep going up, this is an unlikely scenario.

You need to keep in mind your position. You don't want to get crazy in early to middle position. If you have a great hand, then by all means, play it hard from any position. Don't throw a lot chips away on speculative hands in the earlier positions. Now from late position, a different story. You can and should be raising from that position with anything decent. It is the old saying, if it is good enough to call and play, then it should be good enough to raise with. If you get reraised when you are in late position, then decide if your hand is good enough to go. If not, fold it. By raising all the time, you really put pressure on your opponents. Plus the tournament is getting later and people are desperate to just get in the money. You can get them to fold to you quite frequently with your raise and win the pot without a battle. Another thing to consider as your big blind count to stack size decreases, is the fact that if you have a good hand and somebody ahead of you does raise before the flop and it is 20% or more of your stack, you might just go all in if you really like your hand. You might win on the draw or more than likely you will make them fold and you win easily.

A decent hand could be pairs from 10's on down. You can win a race with these quite a few times. What do you have to lose. If they have over cards, they will reraise your raise anyway and force you to make a hard decision and use more of your stack. Put the hard decision on them and go all in. Even if they have big cards or a big pair, it is still a coin flip situation and they probably won't want to tangle and will fold. If not, well, it is gambling and you still have a good chance to bust them. They won't know what you have because you have been raising a lot pre-flop anyway and they will be leery of you.

That is what you want, players to be leery of you. Watch them give you the old "fish eye" like what is he doing now. Then you have them where you want them.

Good Luck at the Tables,
Scott
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I have played countless hours of Hold Em both online and live successfully. I have compiled a mini e-course designed to improve your game and bankroll. Please access this free course at: http://hstrial-pokerbook.homestead.com/indexpoker.html
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