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  • A Risk Management Course for Poker Tournament Betting
    the reraise and stay in the hand Example one It is the early stages of a large tournament and you are at a full table with 10 20 blinds You still have your 1500 starting chips You get AJ in late position and are first into the pot so you raise to 60 The button then comes over the top for 200 You can now let it go easily if you choose since you are only going to lose 60 chips You can call since 200 is not a huge portion of your chips If you don t hit you can fold and still have plenty of chips to keep playing Example two Using the same set up as before you are dealt AJ in late position and try to steal the blinds You don t want any callers so you raise it to 150 The button then comes over the top Now the reraise will have to be around 400 500 to try push you out He can t just raise it to 200 anymore You have just force this hand into a larger pot than it needed to be You are now forcing yourself to fold because you don t want to risk 1 3 your chips with the call here If you call here the pot is now almost 1 000 chips A pot size bet is the rest of your stack and a fold now leaves you with only 2 3 your original stack and it is still the first blind level You now have to play tighter to try and work you way back up The all in bet preflop is used in only a couple of spots When you get under 10 BB your only bet should be all in what cards to do it with is up to you The other time is when someone reraises and forces you to an all in or fold decision For example you only have 15 BB left and raise the standard 3BB What do you do when someone comes over the top and reraises to 7 BB You now have that critical decision to fold or go all in Do you see the value here of the standard preflop raise here and the compound effect it created You can fold in this situation and not be shortstacked since you will still have 12 BB If you had initially raised to 5 BB have pot committed yourself without knowing it By making the larger than normal raise you will leave yourself shortstacked if you fold Post Flop There are 3 kinds of bets post flop A small bet which is to 2 3 of the pot A medium bet which is to a pot size bet And a large bet which is over the size of the pot or all in The first two are the most common unless the person betting is shortstacked Postflop there is two scenarios to look at a single caller or multiple

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  • Early Stages MTT Tournament Poker Strategy - MTT Strategy
    and bet bet bet with it If you miss your set you can continuation bet if the pot is heads up and give up if your called If you are playing at a table where your early position raise will always become a multiway pot you may want to limp your small mid pocket pairs but by default I usually raise to keep the initiative Mid position As you go further around the table you can start integrating more hands I will be raising the premium broadway hands such as AK AQ Most suited broadway hands like KQs Any pair Late position Here you can raise a few more hands all of the hands previously mentioned suited aces suited connectors offsuit broadway Preflop calling ranges From early position I will only an UTG raise with pocket pairs and ace king If I had pocket aces id consider 3 betting to try and cooler KK preflop but for the most part I will only be flatting hands From mid position I will be flatting early position raises with pocket pairs with the intention of making a set For the most part I will be folding suited connectors and suited aces from mid position because they play better from late position and there s lots of people behind me left to act and could entice a squeeze or more callers behind remember implied odds hands are much better in position From late position if its raised in front of me I will be calling a wider range of suited aces looking to flop the nut flush draw or two pair I will be calling with suited connectors hoping to flop a flush draw two pair or a straight draw I will be calling with pocket pairs trying to flop a set From the blinds I will be flatting with pocket pairs only for the most part I will be folding my suited connectors and suited aces I will be folding most of my offsuited broadway If the raise comes from late position its possible that I will call with quite a few suited broadway hands such as KQs AQ etc because I will dominate an opponents late position opening range Preflop 3 betting ranges in early stage of MTT tournaments For the most part I leave 3 betting out of my game in the early stages Against early position raises I might 3 bet aces to try and cooler another hand that cannot fold From late position I will 3 bet other late position mid position raises with hands like QQ AK hoping my opponent wont believe me However if stacks are deeper than 100bb I may just flat these hands 3 betting a hand like QQ and folding to a 4 bet really sucks alot so if I think I cant get it allin preflop profitably I will flat it If your playing against predictable opponents who will call your 3 bet out of position with a number of weak hands

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  • Playing Out Of Position in MTT Poker Tournaments
    preflop for example mid big pairs AQ AK I would not make a massive overbet preflop I would just make a large 3 bet since we are out of position I would 3bet to 3 5 4x there open raise and then shove in on the flop no matter what If your worried about balancing whilst playing against good regulars just shove allin with aces on the flop Against early or mid position raises I will obviously reduce my flatting range because my oppoennts range is stronger I could be flatting just hands like AQ AJs KQ and TT 99 When stacks get even deeper than that you have to make your value 3 betting range smaller since there allin range will be tighter consider adding hands like AQ and TT to your flatting range when you are 40bb deep even in steal situations When you have a 40bb stack its disastrous to 3 bet preflop continuation bet half pot and then fold to a shove losing around 40 of your stack in the process so try not to do that Stop Go Play Another example that may be considered acceptable and profitable is called the stop and go play its very well known by now and most of your opponents will know what your doing What a stop and go is you call a raise from the blinds and then shove your stack in on the flop no matter what the flop is The idea behind it is to try and create some fold equity postflop where it doesn t exist preflop and is usually done when you have a pretty short stack Doing this its often a bad idea because you will often have very little fold equity and your opponent will be calling you with a very wide range in most cases I recommend that you just fold your hand preflop if you think you have no fold equity and are behind your opponents raising calling the chances are if you have no fold equity preflop you will have very little postflop This is best tried against tight players postflop who will fold hands that miss the flop and hands like ace high to your allin shove Finally another sneaky little play id like to contribute is the preflop slowplay This is ideally used when you feel like your opponents range is wide and will be folding alot to your preflop 3 bet almost always This is often the case with late position steals from tight aggressive regulars also these regulars may continuation bet the flop automatically What you do is flat a monster hand like AA or KK preflop and check the flop to induce the continuation bet once they do you can checkraise the flop This works with a multitude of stack sizes because if the flop isn t a checkraise allin you will be able to shove the turn allin Remember against early position raisers they are likely to have a stronger hand range

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  • Playing Different Stack Sizes In MTT Poker Tournaments
    a 15bb stack as your only play If antis do not exist then you should only be raising if you have a hand strong enough to call an allin shove If you dont do not open raise save your stack to give you more leverage when you shove allin or re steal allin against someone The only exception is if you are in late position and have a few super nits behind you who wont re steal often at all 15 22 BB Is the smallest stack size where you can consider raise folding You should generally be raise calling almost all the time with this stack size There are times when you can raise fold this tends to be against the tightest and least aggressive opponents who will not re steal against you For the most part you will be raise calling Starting at 15bb you start to get more fold equity on your allin raises so this is a great size to start re stealing allin with semi bluff hands that have equity against your opponents raise calling range You will want to look for spots where Your opponents raising range is wide and the likelihood they will fold to your shove is high On top of this if you have a tight image and a hand that has equity decent equity against there calling suited connectors suited broadway pairs suited aces then it will be a good spot to re steal allin as a semibluff and should be rather profitable When called you will ususally have around 30 equity against there range This will be a profitable play overall because your opponent will fold to your shove enough times to negate the equity disadvantage you have when called 22 35 BB With this stack size you have more room to maneuver and you can afford to be open raising more hands to try and steal the blinds and antis and accumulate a larger stack Other players may be aware that when you have this kind of stack size you should be raise folding more so be ready to get re stealed allin on by a wide range when playing against knowledgable short stacks If your at a table with lots of players who will shove allin over your open raise you need to adjust by raising less hands overall and playing a tighter game Its also worth noting that re stealing allin with this stack size can be a bit too large Especially if you have players behind you with similar stack sizes to you If for example you have a hand that is strong enough to want to get allin against another player in the 25 30bb range I would 3 bet there original raise to 9 10 times the big blinds and shove all flops no matter what if they dont get it allin The allin shove would be around pot size or slightly over pot and is completely acceptable 35BB 45BB The biggest mistake

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  • MTT Strategy Advice That SUCKS - Bad Poker Strategy Advice
    offered you free money would you refuse it because you think you might get some more free money from someone else No you wouldn t you take the free money from one dude and hope another dude comes along soon who will give you some more free money There is no better spot Any EV spot is the best spot You need to avoid getting all in with a coinflip Like in the previous spiel about EV spots if you get it allin preflop and it s a coin flip it s not necessarily a bad thing Yes it could be a bad thing but it s all about the expectation of the spot If you were EV against someones range and you happened to get it in that time as a coin flip that s just unlucky You got it allin in a EV spot against their range and you will want to get it allin every single time possible You can also be the caller and getting it in as a dog or a coinflip can be a EV spot overall For example maybe you have a ton of chips in the middle and you estimate your 45 against someones whole range Call it off all the extra chips in the middle increase this to a EV spot which you must grab Again don t take this the wrong way I m not saying you should actively look for coinflip spots or spots when you can call it off when your behind someone s range What I m saying is you should try and maximise your expectation whenever possible and take every single EV spot that arises Bet for information or Bet to protect my hand This is plain out wrong You should never bet to get information

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  • MTT Tournament Poker Bankroll Management Strategy
    table cash so you need to make sure you have an adequate bankroll to absorb this swings The minimum number of buyins you need I would say the minimum number of buyins you need is around 100 times the average buyin size of a tournament Notice I said average size the reason for this is if you routinely play 20 to 50 tournaments and have a 5000 bankroll I don t want to tell you cant take a shot every now and then at a 100 or 215 tournament Taking shots is great because it gives you the opportunity to hit a big score which will infinitely increase your bankroll or just generally make your life better However it would be stupid of you to only play these 200 tournaments because you will likely go bust The guideline I would give you when taking shots at higher buyin tournaments is never spend more than 4 5 of your entire bankroll on a single tournament Chances are if you have a large portion of your bankroll invested in one tournament you wont play your best because that one buyin is so important to you Remember its important to try and remain as emotionally detached as possible so that you make the best poker decisions to your ability gambling with a large portion of your bankroll on one tournament is a sure fire way to become emotionally involved Something else worth noting is the average size of the field effects the variance If you have a 10 tournament that on a weekday gets 150 entrants and on a Sunday gets 1500 entrants it effects the variance How should this effect your decision to play it Well it shouldn t matter too much if you constantly playing mixed sized fields but if your

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  • Tournaments V Cash Games - MTTs & Ring Games Compared
    important So at this point they usually have a punchers chance at getting a big score Albeit obviously smaller then the good regs chance Hence why you see alot of fish get eliminated in the early stages or build up a big stack for the mid later stages It always surprises me how some donk always gets to the final table playing 45vpip I also think fish are starting to realise that there getting outclassed in deepstack cash games They lack the ambition to learn how to play poker so instead of losing 4 5 sessions in cash games they might take a shot in a number of low stakes tournaments and hope to parlay there money into something big And that s the key here they may be aware that they have no edge in the games after the lose 10 sessions in a row but in a game where the luck factor is higher they still have a chance of getting a big score The same goes for PLO The variance and luck factor in PLO is alot higher so fish may go on large streaks winning tons of money whilst being a dog in the games they are playing but don t realise it This is great because once they loose all there money back they will continue on playing Another factor to consider is that I generally consider tournament players in general to be inferior to cash game players Im not saying there aren t a number of great NLH tournament players What im saying is cash game players can be put into a tournament situation and perform just as good as the a tournament pro but the opposite is not always true So inherently the overall skill level in a 100 tournament might be similar

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  • Rebuy Poker Tournament Strategy - Part I
    long way First of all don t play every hand Throwing away those total garbage hands like 7 3 and 8 5 can reduce the number of rebuys you ll need to make Secondly even if you re in almost every hand there s no reason to make massive overbets With 200 in the pot there s no reason to go all in for 2 000 when you can bet 200 Against three people who ve limped in for 30 it s fine to raise it to 150 or 200 instead of sending in all of your chips Give yourself a chance to play a little bit make some decisions and get away from the hands where you have virtually no chance One small secondary benefit of this strategy is that it s fun Getting in there and mixing it up with a ton of hands can be a nice change of pace and if you hit a run of good cards you should end up with a ton of chips The best thing to do if you re curious about this strategy is to try it out in a very small online rebuy tournament The Slightly Loose Strategy A much better strategy is to play more hands than you normally would during the rebuy period and take a few more calculated risks but keep things under control It makes sense to loosen your starting requirements especially in late position and especially when you can get in for one bet Along the same lines you should defend your blinds against small raises with many more hands than you normally would The reason why these changes are profitable is that your opponents will be much more willing to risk all of their chips if they catch any piece of the flop since they know they can just buy more As a result if you make a big hand you re much more likely to get paid off Those few extra chips you risk before the flop are worth it to give yourself a chance to win a big pot And if you do run out or start running low on chips you can buy more While the Super Loose Strategy might require that you make 20 rebuys the Slightly Loose Strategy will normally work with 2 5 rebuys The One Bullet Strategy Another strategy normally used by players who are working with a short bankroll is the One Bullet Strategy While most players are willing to use at least a few rebuys some players will buy in ignore the rebuy aspect completely and give up if they go broke Some people think this approach is a waste of time and money and that these players have no chance This is certainly not true but there is a tradeoff involved Playing against players who are almost all willing to rebuy multiple times means you ll be at a major chip disadvantage But if your one bullet hits the target the payoff will

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