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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

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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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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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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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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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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Most Recent MTT Articles

Win MTT Poker 02 – Be a Big Picture Person

Point 6 Be a Big Picture Person. As I am writing this today, I have failed to place in the last 16 MTT’s I have played. Not 1 dollar, nothing, natta, zippo. Not a very good feeling. I did get and 2 and a 6th on Sunday that paid quite nicely, but those emotions...

Win MTT Poker 07 – Reads, Trips, Aggression

Point 21: Remember to Remember What They Remember. An essential question to ask when contemplating your next move is what do my opponents know about me. What cards have I shown down, from what position, what size of bets have I made, do they have player notes 2 pages...

soupie’s Win MTT Poker

I recently found this site and thought I would post a few thoughts. I play on Party, Paradise, and Stars in the largest MTT no limit tourneys available after 6:00 pm PST most nights under this name. I especially like the 8:00 pearl and 6:00 R&A on Paradise, the...

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.

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.

Win MTT Poker 09 – Big Hands, Stealing Pots

Point number 27: A Common Mistake – Overbetting a Good Hand This is a mistake many of you may have not considered because you usually win the hand. Let me set it up for you with an example, I was in the big blind a couple days ago with AQs, blinds are 50 100....

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...

Apply Yourself at Learning Poker

Whenever you read poker strategy guides or books, you must be prepared to study them carefully. Merely skimming the contents will not advance your game very much at all. You should always consider the strategic implications of anything you read to get the maximum value from it.

Win MTT Poker 10 – Developing Skills

Point 30: Artificial Intelligence Can Be Deadly On this site and others, there has been a lot of talk about what style to play, what hands to play, what situations to play in, etc. All of this serves as a mock up of real play, similar to building a model suitable for...

Win MTT Poker 14 – Final Table, Heads Up

Point 42: Heads Up The most frequent question I get asked is how do I play heads up. This is truly a difficult part of the game for most people because they have so little experience. All most all their poker play is based on tables with large fields. I haven’t...

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 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...

Freeroll Finesse

Freeroll tournaments are a fine way to increase your bankroll without risking any of your funds. Many players play too loosely and crazily in these events, but you should resist the temptation to do so yourself. Make sure that the prizes offered are sufficient to interest you.

aokrongly’s Patience & Pacing in a Multi-Table Tournament

Patience is a very important factor when playing larger field MTT’s. Maintaining concentration, proper pace, and patience is key to making it deep in a tournament. aokrongly discusses his thoughts on maintaining patience and pacing in the essay below. aokrongly...

Poker Tournament Skills

We can all agree that there are many skills you need to win consistently at MTTs. Many of us have enough experience to form an opinion on which skill is the most valuable and important. Here are a few skills that I think are extremely important in becoming a top MTT...