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.
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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.
A tricky spot in poker tournaments is deciding whether to call when your opponent has gone all-in. You need to carefully consider the pot odds to determine how much equity you need to proceed. Then compare your hand against his range to find out if you have the needed equity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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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...
Michael1123 has been a member of FTR since June of 2004 and has over 1,700 posts in our poker forum. Michael1123 is a successful and accomplished tournament player. Michael1123 had a fantastic run at the 2005 WSOP Main Event, which you can read all about here. Below...
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