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Introduction to the Guide

This section will not give you an introduction to playing tournaments if you have never played a tournament before. It will not make you an expert in tournament poker winning the WSOP bracelet. It will, however, point out a few issues to make you a better tournament player. Please read through, remember and reflect over it the next time you play a poker tournament at PokerRoom.com and you will be able to improve your game.


To win a large multi table tournament you will have to play for a long time. If you're relying on chance, eventually your luck will run out! Reduce the risks by considering all possible scenarios. One mistake can expel you from the entire tournament.

When you play aggressively, people will be waiting for a chance to take you down with a monster hand. Beware of when this happens to avoid running into a brick wall, losing all your chips.


No Limit Play has a lot to do with trapping. Don't be obvious with your cards pre-flop and play to trap opponents with monster hands! You can play slightly looser if you don't risk being raised.

Pot Odds

Use the no-limit bet to make sure no one gets pot odds to outdraw you.

Remember that the implied odds can be very high in No Limit games. (Potentially the opponents entire stack.)

If you’re raising someone who is playing short-stacked, consider forcing him to go all in. It will reduce the risk of getting called down and make sure he/she doesn’t get a second chance.

Strategy Change

The blind increase will alter the correct strategy for each and every hand. If your stack is low compared to the blinds, you will have to take a chance sooner or later and your plan should be to make it at the right moment. When you do act, you should do it aggressively!

Opponent's stacks are extremely important – you're more likely to be called on an all-in by someone who possesses substantially more chips than you are by someone with substantially less. Be aggressive against short-stacked players.

A special circumstance in tournament games is that you actually know the opponents total bankroll, (at least for a particular game). This means that you more easily can put yourself in his/her situation when you are dominating a player with high bets you are hoping he/she shall fold to.

Drying Out

Consistently betting and folding to a larger and aggressive bet pre-flop may prove costly. Avoid this by playing tight seated before aggressive players.

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