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Poker Strategy: MTT

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Poker tournaments present the opportunity to achieve a big payday for a reasonably sized investment. Everyone’s chances of winning aren’t equal though: Those who know what they’re doing will take home the lion’s share of the prize pool. There are plenty of factors you need to take into account when debating your plays in an MTT, including stack size, the number of players remaining, and the payout structure. We’ll show you how to consider these elements, in conjunction with the cards you hold, to make decisions with positive expected value. The articles below are pretty informative whether you’re a freeroller or someone who pays thousands of dollars to enter major tourney events.

Featured MTT Articles

chardrian’s True Value of AK

AK is, without a doubt, an excellent hand. It is ahead or flipping against every hand except AA and KK. Nevertheless, you should exercise caution with AK if there are multiple raises in front of you. If there are folds, limpers or a single raise in front of you, you should absolutely play it.

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Thoughts on Small Pairs in MTTs

There are only a few situations in poker tournaments where small pocket pairs are valuable. You can try to set-mine if stacks are deep. If stacks are short, you may be able to go all-in with small pocket pairs and still have good equity against typical calling ranges.

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Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 1

When it’s folded to your SB in a poker tournament, you ought to be shoving pretty wide if your stack is small. You need to consider how often the big blind will fold, how often he will call and win, and how often he will call and you will win to be able to calculate if it’s profitable to go all in.

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Higher Stakes MTT Strategy

There are big differences between low-stakes MTTs and tournaments at higher levels. In larger tourneys, there are fewer loose-passive players and more tight-aggressive opponents. It’s important to be able to mix up your ranges a bit so that you can’t be easily read.

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Win MTT Poker 08 – Bankroll Management

As any poker player does, you will suffer your share of bad beats in tournaments. It’s important to have a proper bankroll management strategy and sufficient emotional fortitude to survive to see the long-term rewards of your superior play. Always evaluate your draws carefully.

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Most Recent MTT Articles

Evaluating NLHE MTT Structure

There are many different poker tournament structures that are common today. You need to evaluate the structure in any given MTT to determine how your strategy should change. The depth of the starting stacks (in big blinds) is an especially important factor to consider.

Thoughts on Small Pairs in MTTs

There are only a few situations in poker tournaments where small pocket pairs are valuable. You can try to set-mine if stacks are deep. If stacks are short, you may be able to go all-in with small pocket pairs and still have good equity against typical calling ranges.

Win MTT Poker 13 – Improving Your Game

Point 39: Implied Odds A good portion of any reason to call a bet or raise is the estimated odds of being able to achieve a pile of chips should you be lucky enough to hit a monster of hand. The obvious question becomes, how does one estimate these odds accurately...

chardrian’s True Value of AK

AK is, without a doubt, an excellent hand. It is ahead or flipping against every hand except AA and KK. Nevertheless, you should exercise caution with AK if there are multiple raises in front of you. If there are folds, limpers or a single raise in front of you, you should absolutely play it.

Analyzing some WSOP Main Event Hands

World Series of Poker action sees some talented players square off against each other. By examining the televised hands, we can often gain insights into excellent plays and boneheaded mistakes that the pros make. It’s very important to extract as much value as you can with your monsters.

chardrian’s Analysis of a $26 Freezeout on Full Tilt

Sometimes, it’s valuable to go over your completed poker tournaments with a hand-history viewer to analyze spots that you are unsure about and identify errors in play. You can use a replayer that automatically cuts out hands that you folded preflop so that you can focus on the important hands.

Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how to calculate your expected value (EV) for pushing all in from the small blind against the big blind. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at what to do with very short stacks. There are a few factors that compliment the EV...

Win MTT Poker 08 – Bankroll Management

As any poker player does, you will suffer your share of bad beats in tournaments. It’s important to have a proper bankroll management strategy and sufficient emotional fortitude to survive to see the long-term rewards of your superior play. Always evaluate your draws carefully.

Win MTT Poker 06 – Ace on Turn, When to Fold

Point 18: Ace on the Turn and Chips to Burn. This situation comes up about a couple of times per tourney. You have a hand where you have a late position bettor or raiser on the flop. You call the see the turn and here comes the big over card to the board. You check to...

Win MTT Poker 15 – Winning, Tough Calls

Point 45: What to do When You Win? Winning a large tournament can be quite a high, your bank roll gets a tremendous boost and you feel like the best player in the world. Very likely there are quite a few people who are happy with you, spouses, parents, etc. All of...

Andy Holt’s Guide to Satellite Poker Tournaments

Satellite poker tournaments can be very profitable, but they require strategic adjustments from normal tournament play. You don’t want to risk your stack early on because survival is more important than chip accumulation. This changes later on in the tournament.

Win MTT Poker 04 – Blinds, Weak Bets

Point 12: Consider the Blinds. A recurring theme of several posts is something like ” I am a great player until about 3/4 of the way through then I never seem to make the money” or “I just cant get to the final table.” Below is posted a blind...

Win MTT Poker 11 – Betting and Checking

Point 33: The Biggest Lie in Poker What is one of the first things everyone learns playing poker? Starting hand requirements. What hand beats what and what the best hole cards are. Then armed with that certainty, neophytes all over the world are firing up their...

Chardrian’s Rebuy Tournament Strategy

Ok – this post is probably going to be coming in segments. Instead of posting my entire hand history, I’ve decided to post pertinent hands and discuss how they did or maybe did not go with my overall strategy. First of all – a little background. I...

Win MTT Poker 05 – Rebuys, Strong Leads

Point 15: Thoughts on the Rebuy/Addon Tournaments The two rebuys I regularly play are the 30 dollars rebuy on Paradise at 6:00 PST and the 10 dollar rebuy on Stars at 7:15 PST. My strategy changes, but varies widely with the table make up. Sometimes you sit down on...