Playing No Limit Hold’em tournaments is the best way to leverage your poker bankroll. You have very little risk against a high reward. However, to get a high reward, you must play on large fields between many players. This requires you to adjust your game to be successful.
First of all, stop thinking that you will win every poker tournament you play! This may seem counterproductive, but you need to have realistic expectations for a particular tournament. If you are competing in an MTT with 2900 participants, you will not win this type of tournament very often. Therefore, you need to adjust your mindset to the goal of simply ‘making money’. After receiving payment for your time, you can proceed from there.
Speaking of mindset, poker tournaments require you to continually adjust. I see a lot of players go for a shell around the bubble and after they make money, they start all-in with hands like Q-9 or A-4. What they should probably do is just move up the pay scale, instead of being in a hurry to get caught.
Each tournament puts you in a different situation and requires you to adjust your goals DominoQQ Online. Sometimes you will cling to make money and that’s it. Sometimes, you will strive to move up the salary scale. Sometimes you will have a big stack and try to put yourself in position to reach the final table. Each game is different and the events that take place at the beginning will tell you how you should play in the final stages.
Also, stop thinking that you can win the tournament in the first 10 hands! Of course, you are trying to prepare yourself to make money, but don’t be in a hurry from the start. I see players in every tournament I play online, desperately trying to double. Doubling and playing with the big stack in the first hour of the tournament will not guarantee that you will win money if you are a big MTT. In fact, many guys who play the ‘double or lose’ game in the beginning don’t even smell the money. It is not necessary to risk your life in the tournament on a heads or tails early on. Much better opportunities will arise.
Choose tournaments based on the time you have to play them. I can’t tell you how many players told me they played a big MTT and then ‘ran out of time’ or ‘got bored / bored’ and made a stupid move after playing well for 3 hours. If you only have an hour or more, play an 18-player Sit n Go, but don’t enter a tournament where you don’t have time to go all the way, should the opportunity arise. With big tournaments, this can mean spending 8 or 10 hours playing. It is a big time commitment, instead of a big money commitment. Be smart about which tournaments you participate in.
In short, there are many aspects you need to know and work on to become a great player in poker tournaments. Overcoming some of these initial obstacles will certainly put you on the right track.