Poker Tournament Blind

May 5, 2009


No limit Texas holdem has basically taken the world by storm in the last few years. All of the new players need to learn more about the game they love so much. We hope you enjoy the tips we are providing below.

Whenever it is possible, raise the pot instead of just making a call when you are first one in. Playing this way gives you better control of the situation. Also, a raised pot will have a lot more value when you hit a good flop.

Position is king in no limit holdem. So, play a lot of hands when you are in position. Having position and a good stack mean you are putting lots of pressure on your opponents. Call small raises with your drawing hands like small pairs, or baby connectors when you have good position.

Playing a short table is key to winning tournaments. When you have only four or five opponents, you need to step up your play. Unless everyone is deep stacked, the play will be very aggressive, do not hang back, you need to play an attacking game.

When you are short stacked, you need to play different. When you a running low on chips do not play speculative hands, play pairs and high cards, and just push all-in. You should not be calling raises, and then folding after putting in 1/3 of your chips.

If you have a lot of chips, you can play a variety of tactics. I think you will find that the best players take an offensive and active style when playing with a lot of chips. Be much more cautious with hands like big pocket pairs that miss the flop, or top pair top kicker.

Playing good hands from the blinds you are better of raising. Taking charge of the hand like this will balance the out of position problems you face. This strong raise will win you many pots even when you miss the flop.

To be a good player you need to learn the differences inĀ  strategy when you have different stack sizes. Your opponents stack size will also be a huge consideration when planning any actions. Many times the short stacked players will be pushing all-in with only average hands, not being able to wait for better hands. Consider this when you have a decent hand.

Play aggressively when you are in a tournament with lots of players. Taking some chances to build a big stack gives you power over the short stacks later when you succeed. It is worth the risk elimination if you can get that big stack early.

Be cognizant of your table image. If you create a loose image, people will not fold to you as much. People will tire of you aggressive play. When you have a big hand, you often will get the action you want, and take down a big pot.

The core of no limit holdem is not overly difficult to understand. The skill required to win tournaments is another issue. It takes thousands of hands to gain the experience to be an expert player.

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