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Winning Tips for Texas Holdem Tournaments

Winning Tips for Texas Holdem Tournaments

Do you like tournament poker?  There are thousands, maybe millions of people who will tell you how much they love Texas Holdem tournaments, and none of them have ever played in one.  I’m talking about television of course.  The drama and mano a mano confrontations make for very entertaining programs.  Plus, if you’re watching a program on TV you can tell everyone what they SHOULD have done and how they SHOULD have played it.  Tournaments are fun, no doubt about it, but it is a different story sitting at a poker table and pushing your poker chips to the middle of the table than sitting at home, knowing everyone’s hole cards and what your odds are for winning the hand.

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Whether you’re a poker superstar or still reading a book titied “Instructions on How to Play Texas Holdem,” the first thing any poker player should realize is a Texas Holdem tournament or any poker tournament requires different strategies than a ring game.  If you are still learning poker language, a ring game is a regular poker game where you can leave any time and the poker chips represent real money.  In fact, the value of poker chips is one of the differences in a tournament.  Since everyone starts with the same amount and you can’t buy back in, you have to guard your initial chips.  Don’t go all in on early rounds.  You need to have chips or you go home.  You really need to build up your amount of chips so, in later rounds, you CAN go all in.  Late in the tournament is the time to gamble or else your chips will just get siphoned off by blinds until you can’t play effectively.

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Late a tournament, the blinds will be so high that most players at the poker table will be all in pre-flop.  So another strategic difference is you want poker cards that will allow you to bet hard at the get-go, like a high pair or an Ace with a high kicker.  Don’t try betting hard with a low pocket pair.  They might be good for stealing blinds, but will cost you poker chips if you get too cocky.

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