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Strategies for Texas Holdem No Limit Tournaments

Strategies for Texas Holdem No Limit Tournaments

Turn on the television and it’s not to difficult to find a No Limit Holdem Tournament going on.  They are wildly popular because they have lots of drama and suspense that gets paid off every hand.  The World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour have intrigued viewers and fans who are intrigued by the chance to win big.

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However, no limit Texas holdem tournaments are very different than sitting at a poker table to play a no limit ring game.  In these poker tournaments, when you get down to the end, all the poker chips get shoved in pre-flop on poker hands that are no better than 50-50 odds.  If you have a pair in the hole or holding AK, you’re ready for a late tournament battle.

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A major strategic difference between no limit tournaments and a no limit ring game is that you can’t bluff as much.  Players’ stacks of poker chips are usually smaller in relation to the pot.  And the amount of chips you might win from a bluff are worth a whole lot less than the amount you might lose.  So bluffing loses its value.

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But don’t think you can keep folding and stay in the game.  You have to win pots to keep your seat at the poker table; if you don’t, you’ll watch your chips steadily disappear to the blinds.  In the early going, though, don’t gamble too much.  You just need to win enough to keep you in the tournament.

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As you get to the middle of the tournament, you need to change your poker strategy.  As the poker tournament moves on, the blinds get bigger.  Stealing the blinds will keep you sitting pretty.  You are still in survival mode and hoping to build your pile of poker chips with a few wins here and there.  And unless you really have the nuts, avoid getting into any costly battles.

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The end game of the tournament is all about a toss of a coin, 50-50 gamble.  The blinds are so big that it makes sense to go all in on the pre-flop, especially if you’re holding an Ace and a good kicker or a pocket pair.

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