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Grasp The Opportunity 

A wise man once said to me, “Don’t feel bad about entering a tournament and busting out.  Feel bad about not entering and not giving yourself a chance to reach out and grab the brass ring.”   I always loved that quote.  We’ve all heard the slogan, ‘You gotta be in it to win it.’  Well, sometimes, you just need to go for it.

3 Quick Tips For Tourney Play

For those who have never entered a big-time tourney like this, let me make a few suggestions:

1st: After securing your entry – whether you buy in directly or win some type of satellite to get in (which I suggest you try) – be well rested, ready, and anxious to play.

2nd: Don’t be distracted by television, fussing around on the internet, phone calls, or family members.

3rd: Your focus on May 11th should be strictly on poker.  At least give yourself the best chance to be successful.

What’s Really Crucial Of Course Is…

I think it’s important for you to recognize that you can’t win a tournament in the first level or two, but you sure can lose it then.

Be Patient In The Early Levels.  

You’ll have plenty of chips in proportion to the blinds so there’s no need to rush anything or take unnecessary chances in the early levels.  No good player would never want to ‘race’ for all their chips early in a tournament.  Why?  Because the positive side of doubling up (with hundreds or thousands of players still left in the tourney) isn’t near the risk/reward (i.e., disaster) of losing the race and being eliminated.

Get This Bit Right And Your Set.

In any tournament you ever play, you should always be aware of the chip counts of everyone at the table and study how the other players are playing – who are the loose/aggressive players, who are the tight players, who defends their blinds, who doesn’t care about people stealing their blinds, who constantly 3-bets pre-flop, who always raises on the button, etc.

Look I know this is all Poker 101, but certainly, paying attention and focusing at the table can not be underestimated.

Next up I’ll talk Middle Levels…Until then good luck qualifying!

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1 Comment

  1. And I thought there would be some useful info here?? Nothing but trash, especially telling people it is not worth it to risk your chips early. Total BS, if you have a hand, bet it, or you will have a small stack when the blinds get up there. Defend your blinds all you want, it is poor strategy if you don’t have cards to back it up. Bluffing will only get you so far.