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Strategies for Steps and Shootout Tournaments

Strategies for Steps and Shootout Tournaments

It seems like everyone enjoys a Texas Holdem Tournament, from superstar poker players to casual fans who have never played in a live poker room.  One reason people like them is that everyone starts on level ground, everyone gets the same amount of poker chips.  After that, it’s  up to the player’s skill with the poker cards he’s dealt.

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One very popular variation of the standard Texas Holdem poker tournament is a Steps Tournament.  These tournaments feature a number of single table tournaments that are satellite tournaments.  Each time you move up to the next poker table, the buy in gets bigger.  And it all ends with the big cash prizes at the final step.

For a steps poker tournament, you want to follow a strategy similar to what you would use at a single table tournament or a satellite tournament.  If about one-third of the players get to step up to the next level, you want to pick your spots for aggressive play.  Try to steal the blinds to keep your stack of poker chips on the high side of the players at the poker table.  You don’t have to worry about taking in the most chips, just enough so people won’t try to force you out. The more chips you have, the less other players will try to mess with you.  Hmm, you can learn a lot about business from playing Texas Holdem.

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Once you’ve fought your way to the final step, go ahead and use your regular strategy for a single table tournament.  And remember, at most Texas Holdem Steps Tournaments, you don’t have to win it all.  First place gets the largest share of the prize, but there are pretty good prizes for second, third and fourth.

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A variation on the steps tournament is the shootout poker tournament.  Like steps, players try to advance to the next round. Different shootout tournaments will be structured differently.  It might be that out of ten players at each poker table, only one will move on to the next round.  Then you better play aggressive.  Or maybe three will move on.  Then you go into survival mode.  Let the structure dictate your strategy.

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