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Tournament Tips

3 Things You MUST Know For Winning Tournament Play

No-limit tournament play is taking off like wildfire online and offline, so it's becoming increasingly important to really grasp the way it differs from cash games. In a tournament you cannot afford to lose the chips you are issued with at the outset. If you do, you're out.

3 Poker Tournament Tips

1. Don't be afraid to raise more often with marginal hands but immediately switch to caution if you find yourself called. In tournament play you need a better hand to call than to raise as the object is to stay in the game at all costs. If your initial aggression doesn't pay off, don't go betting all the way to the river on a mid-strength hand.

2. At the outset of a no-limit tournament: play tight. Let the cards you are dealt decide your action. If it's less than a premium hand, don't risk your capped chip stack. This is the opposite of what you would do if you were playing for cash.

3. During the first few rounds, steer clear of all-in, fifty-fifty confrontations. Remember your stack is capped. If you whittle it down early on and then land four Aces in the later stages you won't have the funding to bet value out of your premium hand. The best strategy is a tight, careful build up of your stack so that when you land that "nut" hand deep into the competition (maybe a straight or a flush) you have the chips to unload and really capitalise.

Frequently Asked Poker Questions

Q: What does it mean to get a free card on a more expensive street?

A: Okay! Imagine that you are last to act with Queen-Jack in the hole. The flop is Four-Nine-Ten of different suits and you have a trio of opponents. The first player to act bets and is called by the others. You raise. If the fourth card (the turn) isn't the King or the Eight you need for your two possible straights, your decision to raise may open the