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Different poker tournament strategies and different poker tournament types

Poker tournaments are becoming more and more popular as more people get to know these tournaments from TV cable channels and through the internet. To participate in these big shot tournaments you need to learn more about the different poker tournament strategies and how to apply them in different poker tournaments.

Poker tournament types

Elimination tournament: this is the most popular type of tournaments as it includes a lot of action all the time and it always starts with a very large number of players. In the elimination tournament the players are grouped around different tables. Only one player is the winner in the tournament. All the players start with the same number of chips and the winner collects them all.

Shoot out tournament: this is a variation on the elimination poker where every table ends with one winner and the entire table winners are gathered into one table for a ranking where everyone is a winner but of course the first takes more than the second, and the second takes more than the third.

Satellite tournament: this is your first poker tournament to start with. In the satellite tournament which is the best warming up for higher stake poker tournaments. It may be considered as a qualification tournament or you may use it to gather the multi thousand entering fees with only paying the small fees of the satellite tournament.

Tournament strategies are totally different from the ordinary ring games so you should take a closer look at the tips and tricks of the poker tournaments. Let us browse through the fundamentals

Watch and learn from the top players

This is a good strategy for beginners, get the basics of the final table strategy from watching the experienced players enduring these critical moments. Getting a recorded DVD or VHS for the grand finale is the best idea where you will be able to view it several times and learn the basic moves.

Ring game strategies

When you play a poker tournament you should remember that you cannot apply the ring game strategies as they will take you nowhere except outside the tournament.

Limping in strong hands

When you have a strong hand and you limp in the pre- flop or this will urge the other players to increase their bets, thinking that you have weak cards in your hand. You need to play it carefully in order not to be discovered easily.  At the same time it you have to be careful as if you do not raise your strong hands you may allow a player with a weaker hand to play a hand that he would have folded to a raise.  This is a strategy you must use with caution.  

Raising on the flop or turn

When you are weak hand then occasionally you need to bluff your opponents by raising the bet after the flop or the river to give the impression that you have a stronger hand. This may cause another player to fold the winning hand.  If one of your opponents has a very strong hand you are likely to get caught "bluffing"

Poker face

This is the core of all poker tournament strategies. You need to know how to develop a solid face that does not reflect any impression except those that you want to deliver to your opponents.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02