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Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament Tips

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Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament Tips

Tournament Tip #1: Be Patient
One problem that befalls Texas Hold'em Tournament players is that they get impatient as the blinds move up. In order to be successful in tournament play you must have the discipline to wait for a solid hand.

Tournament Tip #2: Let players eliminate themselves
The goal in Texas Hold'em Tournaments is to outlast the other players. The goal is not to beat everyone at the table. Other players will eliminate themselves. To often, people build an early chip lead only to watch it dwindle from making loose calls. If you are in good shape don’t be afraid to sit out or play tight.

Tournament Tip #3: Take risks early
If you plan to take risks, do it early. The lower blinds mean you can afford to see more flops and make looser calls than normal.

Tournament Tip #4: Sit out a round when you join a new table
You will be moved several times during a tournament. Each time you are moved, take at least one round to get a feel for the table. Learn how each player plays before getting caught in a hand and not having any idea of how your opponent plays.

Tournament Tip #5: Watch for traps
Often, players will trap more in Texas Hold'em Tournaments than in ring games. Be careful when making a bet with a dangerous board, even if you plan to fold if you get raised. These small mistakes will eat away your chips quickly as a tournament progresses. Recognize the possibility of a trap and try to make a smaller bet to entice your opponent to reveal more information about their hand.

Tournament Tip #6: Don’t be afraid to go all in
When you’re playing in any no limit tournament, chances are you’ll have to go all in at least once. The key is to not fear going all in, but to recognize when you have the best hand and force someone else to catch you.

Tournament Tip #7: Avoid pushing all-in on a draw hand
Going all in should be reserved for instances when you feel you have the best Texas Hold'em Poker hand. In order to go all in with any sort of draw hand, you must be getting tremendous pot odds. Be absolutely certain that if you do hit your hand, it will be good enough to win.

Tournament Tip #8: Try to steal blinds
If you’re in a late position, do not be afraid to make a play for the blinds. For every blind you steal, it’s like not having to post one the next time around. You can buy time while you wait for a big hand.

Tournament Tip #9: Be a bully
If you see someone is low on chips, don’t be afraid to push him or her around. Make them uncomfortable and force them to go all in. It is a great way to win small pots if you are facing someone who has a lot fewer chips than you.

Tournament Tip #10: Latter rounds
If you have a decent amount of chips, you should play extremely tight in the later rounds. This is when low stacked players will be looking to move all in and chip leaders will only be playing the "nuts". Your starting cards become extremely important because it is very likely every hand will result in someone going all in. Adjust your game accordingly. Even if you’re not where you want to be as far as chip count, be extremely patient and wait for a very strong hand.


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