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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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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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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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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

Michael1123’s Multi-Table Tournament Strategy

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...

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...

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...

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 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 12 – Poker Secrets and Tilt

Point 36: A Really Big Secret, ssshhhhhhhhhh There is a whole load of people who play like me on the internet. Tight/aggressive/with a little BS mixed in. And here one thing we almost never do, reraise without the nuts or near nuts. If you are playing with me and see...

How to Determine Whether or Not to Call an All-in Bet

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.

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 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 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 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...

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.

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.

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.

Win MTT Poker 16 – Building Your Stack

Point 48 (of a planned 30): Middle Tourney Play: How to Build a Stack One of the most frustrating things in tournament poker is playing your way to mid way with the blinds ascending and you simply have no cards to play. The frustration builds as the blinds go up and...