Each tournament has a style to play that leads to you becoming successful in the tournament. A tournament is affected by different factors which can be at times tough too. Amongst these factors is full table play, short table play, different stages of the game- early, middle and late, bubble play, stack size starting to blind ratio, heads up play, single table tournaments, rate and amount of blind increases and multi table tournaments. Specific techniques are applied to each stage of the tournament. There is a lot that goes into becoming successful at the tournaments varying from research by studying poker books and online research, calculation and planning at different stages of the tournament. Apart loads of practice is also a key factor in attaining success in the tournament.
Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers- Magic Johnson
Point of no return is the key concept in the game of poker and this applies more so to the tournaments. This means that the player has dedicated a very large amount of chips to that extent that there is no point of return. It is at this time that he should commit the rest of the chips too to the pot. These large portions are usually committed at the tournaments as here a large portion of your chips is accounted for through blinds and bets.
You can look at improving a bad hand by opting for help of additional cards in poker. There are simply two situations that arise in poker: one, your hand is good and second, that you opt for help of additional cards. If during the game you a bet or raise take place, its best you commit to the game and by any chance you decide to continue with the game the money left should go into the pot. Point of no return is one concept that the player must be aware of while playing the tournaments.
Another suggestion that I would like to give here is that you must avoid taking up Rebuy tournaments. You must not play in these tournaments for a mere fact that they can drain out your bankroll completely. There are lots of add-ons and Rebuys that take place in these tournaments and that makes it all the more difficult to win these tournaments.
If you see that your opponent is playing tight at the later stages of the tournaments, you can start playing loose. This time your aggression will be counted towards success of the tournament.
Always remember that there is a between cash games and tournaments. Unlike in cash games, poker tournaments only give a limited amount of chips. Your chips are gone means you are out of the tournament. This is different from cash games as in those you can re buy the chips again. Don’t do the mistake of committing all your chips to a single pot unless you are sure that this is your best hand.
These are just a few tips for poker tournaments. I will discuss more of the tournament tips in my subsequent articles. Watch out for more!