Poker is a game of many things, strategy, odds, psychology, math, patience, and knowledge. Tournaments in poker are single table satellites, double or nothing tournaments, shootouts, and even “lets get crazy” tournaments. No matter what variant of poker you play, poker requires a lot of patience and can get intense. But if you can manage to keep this patience, you will go far and stay profitable at the table. Here I will give some of the guidelines for how to play tight poker.
I will give you the general advice that you need to know before playing tight poker. Expanding with AK and AQ isavoric poker, especially when it is early in a tournament. It’s okay to take big risks with AK and AQ if you are in late position and have enough chips behind you. If you are in first or second position, you don’t want to be blinded away with hands like limping, big saw, or little wheel, if the blinds are low. You want to win big hands and be heads up in the tournament. AK and AQ are okay to open with in early position and you can call with them if you hit a monster. In middle to late position you are looking at flops of Q, 6, or 7 and you can semi-bluff with draws or if you’re heads up in a heads up scenario. If you just call to the flop, you are hoping your hand to improve. If you are in early position, you can limp in or check and see a flop with blinds pre-flop, or you can press the action with a continuation bet in position. Watch out for being cut off by other players! If you limp with a hand like MPO777 and miss the flop, you are taking a risk with your chips. Do not make this mistake and fall victim to over-betting.
On to hand selection. In the beginning, you want to play a wide variety of hands. You want to get a feel for the table and the other players. After a few hands, you should be able to determine the range of hands players are playing with. This is usually the toughest part of the first few tournaments. You have to get a feel for what players are comfortable with and what ones to play back. Once you have an idea of your opponents range of hands, you can modify your range to be more comfortable. If you have a great first hand, you can steal the blinds with hands such as: high suited connectors, A-K, A-Q, K-Q, 6-7, 5-6, 4-5, 3-4, 2-3, where only one player has to fold for you to win the blinds.
On to position play. In the beginning, you want to play tight to allow your opponents to play weak hands more frequently. Once you have a few rounds under your belt, you can open up your starting hand range which opens the possibility of stealing the blinds or of closing the tournament in your favor, if your opponents has smaller range of hands. You want to have position on your opponents to guide yourself on how to play your later hands.
In the end, you want to win your opponents blinds and your blinds should be bigger than your opponents. This means, you have to take risks and you win by taking your opponents out of the game. Don’t call them all-in because you want to, or to get even or until when you have premium hands, but once you have premium hands, you want to get paid off.
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