Picking Poker Tournaments
Picking Poker Tournaments and 10 Rules for Successful Online Poker Play
is the focus for this lesson.
assist you in making the best choices, this lesson includes poker
tournament tips for single table, multi table, heads up and
If you have not joined in poker
tournaments before, don’t think that the hand type and value that you
usually play in ring poker games are equal to what you face in
tournaments, particularly with no-limit Hold ’Em and pot-limit Omaha
If you are familiar with those ring games, join several
poker tournaments with the lowest stakes or watch a few games with the
stakes you like to play to get a better feel for what is essentially a
‘playable’ hand. Believe me, it will save you money.
heads-up tournaments that are comparatively new within the poker world,
many publications cover picking poker tournaments for live poker. All
the strategies apply to the online poker world.
Picking Poker Tournaments: Single Table
game dynamic in single table changes as players are busted out from the
table thus creating some exciting action. If you are caught by the bad
beat, as you unavoidably will at some time, then you have not poured
hours playing in a single game just to get your cash taken away at the
turn of a very bad card. Since you only play at one table of players,
you win cash more often.
The bad side of single-table tourneys is
that you may not win as much as you expect in larger tourneys. The top
prize, usually, is your entry fee times five.
Picking Poker Tournaments: Multi Table
you are hunting down the megabucks and you do not mind working through
long dry spells, multi-table tourneys should be your pick.
advantage is that the general table strategy does not have to change
significantly, because these poker tournaments can be so big that it
takes many hours for table size to diminish--even by 1 player.
the live poker world, during multi-table tournaments you need to watch
your stack size, both relative to the tourney at large and to your
table. One benefit about the online poker world is that every site
calculates the average stack size during the tournament to give
everybody an easy way to evaluate how they are doing compared to your
opponents. This benefit is a more effective indicator than comparing
your current stack standing with the current top dog player. All this
valuable information is usable to you in the tournament lobby where you
More information about chip standing is covered in the next lesson.
Picking Poker Tournaments: Heads Up
you pick poker tournaments--multi-table, you will need to focus on your
heads-up playing skills. Although you may not need them too often, it
makes a vast difference in the probability of success as first position
often takes home twice as much prize money as second position.
playing skills are critical for single-table tournaments because you
have a 1-in-5 possibility of playing a heads up game.
Picking Poker Tournaments: Registration/Entry Fees
poker tournaments pass on a set amount of the registration fee to
entrants--approximately 10% for the entry fee. The poker site treats
the registration fee as the rake for the tournament.
It means you
typically need to play 10% better than average players just to break
even. However, you may find ways to put chance in your favor. Find
tournaments that have guaranteed or added funds. They are
commonly found at lesser-populated poker sites that seek to
more players. For instance, you may find a tourney with a $1
registration fee, a $10 entry fee, and $100 added to the prize pool.
only twenty people join in the tournament, the site essentially puts in
another $5 for each player. It means that while you put in as much as
$11 to join, the amount put in for each player is $15 (the $10 entry
fee plus $5 the site adds for each player). You are in a profitable
position since every player on average earns $4, ($15 paid to each
player less the $11 for sign up).
Always look for these deals when picking poker tournaments as they are
rivaled only by the free-roll games.
order to encourage the first entrants to join, tournament sites often
provide guaranteed prize pools. It represents the minimum amount of
cash that the site distributes among the successful participants. If
the amount of entry fees does not add up to the guarantee, then the
site will add funds to reach that goal.
A case where the cash
going out of a tourney is larger than the cash coming in
with registration/entry fees is known as positive
To ensure that you are in a positive expectation
situation when picking poker tournaments, check that the total prize
pool is larger than all registration and entry fees combined; then join
the tournament close to the cut-off time. Avoid a sudden surge of
people at the end that may eliminate your potential profits.
expectation tournaments occur frequently in Stud and Omaha. Due to
their inherent edge, those tournaments are definitely worth the time
and effort to join.
10 Rules for Successful Online Poker
While picking poker tournaments is important, so too are the picks you
make for online poker play. Here are 10 tips towards your success.
1) Picking a Casino:
sign on for at least five online
casinos so you jump from one casino to another during a playing
session. Choose your picks based
on the online casino reputation, quick payouts, deposits and
exceptional customer support.
2) Picking a Betting Limit:
Specifically $1/2, $2/4 or $5/10 blinds. It
is a fact that high-stakes limit tables are not the place to make a
profit—rather the opposite is true. Your poker playing return on
investment is best at medium limit tables.
3) Pick Your Stake:
players must have 50 to 100 times the Big
Blind. Any less and your chances of making a profit decrease. However,
the benefit of more money not only improves your table reputation, it
also intimidates weaker players.
4) Picking a Table:
least 15 minutes watching the poker play
and players at each table. Review your notes if familiar players are
Explore at least three tables before you start, then pick the
loosest table. A winning strategy when playing Holdem is to play tight
in loose games and play only loose games. If all tables are tight,
it is wise to go back to Step 1.
5) Picking a Position at the Table
Seek out the tightest player at the
table and arrange to be seated to the left of that player.
6) Take Players Notes:
playing styles and types by asking these
questions. Does he/she raise before the flop? Do they fold before the
flop? What is the size of his stake? Does he/she react quickly or
slowly when his/her turn comes up? What kind of cards did she play on?
Some online poker rooms offer a Player Notes option for your
7) Turn Off Chat:
concentration and to avoid diversions, it
is best to turn off Chat when playing poker, considering that your
bankroll is at stake.
8) Turn Off Other Distractions:
Although distractions are part of life
for most people, this is the time to turn them off and focus on making
money. Let your opponents listen to music, have or snack or catch up on
the latest app while they wonder why and when their stacks disappeared.
9) Play Tight:
Here is where
your knowledge and skills come into play.
Learn the rules, understand the odds and bet like a 'shark', rather
than a 'fish'. Optionally, this may be the time for picking poker
tournaments, especially with low entry fees.
10) Play for 1 Hour:
losing, you should take a break
allowing you to keep sharper than other players who are hanging on for
that one last win.
Utilizing these rules is sure to improve your poker play and ability
for picking poker tournaments. Good Luck at the Tables!
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