Tournaments refer to poker games where players play until they run out of chips, with the last person having chips being the winner, the second to last taking second place, and so-on. There is no direct correlation between chip value and money - rather, players are paid based on their finish in the ...

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How precise is math in the heat of battle?

In the heat of a hand I have never really thought in the kind of precision that is used in this post to answer a question about playing on the bubble. Indeed I have seen other players doing so in ...
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Bigger than Big Blind

I was playing in a live LV tournament. Blinds were $50 and $100. The hold cards were dealt but the player in the big blind position had yet to put in his blind. The small blind had put in $100 as he ...
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What determines who finishes in a paid position after Hand-for-Hand play?

I've currently been a witness to the following scenario in a MTT: Bubble play - 26 players still in play, 24 places paid. Player A gets eliminated on table 1. Player B gets eliminated on table 2 ...
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Multiple Chip Betting TDA rule 43

The other night at our NLH tournament (Las Vegas Casino)the betting went like this, 500 bet with one 500 dollar chip, a 500 dollar raise with 2 five hundred dollar chips, then one more raise with one ...
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bluffing when somebody is all-in

I was in a small buy-in NLHE tournamet when a situation happened on the last two tables. I had T⋄9⋄. I called a standard raise. The small blind went all in for about three timed my ...
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Studying poker math - is it worth it?

I've done some studying, learned about ranges for stealing, raising, calling, positional play etc. but I get bored with all that theory. I don't really care about my odds and outs and I probably make ...
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Live NLHE Tournament Chip Denominations

I'm planning on playing in a live NLHE tournament soon, and I was wondering what the procedure is for requesting, for example, ante chips? Let's say the ante is 500, and I have an average-sized stack, ...
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Why in online games do cards belonging to players sat out remain live until a response to a bet or raise is required [closed]

Surely as a replication of live play if the player is not at the table cards should be dead when first card dealt.
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Is Harrington's zones strategy still valid at the end of a MTT tournament?

Yesterday in a MTT Online tournament I found myself in a situation in which the M-zones strategy "felt wrong" to me. But being at best an average player it's me that is probably wrong, I just would ...
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Number of hands played by a November Nine? [closed]

What is roughly the number of hands that a player has to play during the tournament to reach the final table of the WSOP main event? Let us say over the past five years.
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How long does it usually take for an online tournament to start?

I registered for my first online tournament at FullTilt about half an hour ago. The tournament has the following structure: 4$ buy-in, 4 placed paid and starting when 18 people have registered. ...
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What are the measures you should useto tell how well you're doing in a tournament?

I've noticed that on pokerstars mtt's there's a chip graph with the average stack, but I'm not convinced that your stack in comparison to the mean is the best average, because there may be a few ...
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Cashing out deposit on Pokerstars

I am looking to set up a home game tournament with some friends, but I would like it to be a real-money tournament rather than play money. However, I would like a small buy-in amount (~£1), but the ...
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Heads-up river, first to show mucks. Does second player have to show to win pot?

Situation in NLHE tournament: One player was betting on heads up river and got called. He mucked his hand and said "The pot is yours." Does the second player have to show his hand to claim the pot?
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Phil Gordons Ace - x rule

What are your thoughts on Phil Gordons Ace-X rule? Basically Phil suggests that in a tournament when you are short stacked (10bb or less) and find yourself with an Ace X type hand (A9 - A2) that you ...
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What's the optimum time to enter a tournament with late registration?

Lately there's been a significant growth in the number of tournaments that stay open for late registration. It's a good thing in that it allows a far greater number of entrants, and you don't have ...
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Why offer guaranteed prize pools?

Almost all of the tournaments I choose to play have a guaranteed prize pool but often, the number of buy-ins exceeds the guarantee and then it becomes a standard prize pool equal to the number of ...
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How to Decide Whether to Buy the Add On or Not in Rebuys

Sometimes rebuy tournaments go very well at the beginning and I accumulate a lot of chips, when I've already got lots of chips it seems silly to pay more money for the add on - usually costing the ...
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AKo all in v 57o?

BB is 6,000. 2 callers. I go all in (36,000) on the button with AKo. Also included in the bet are about 30,000 in bounty chips which can't be used till the final table. I'm fairly sure that was the ...
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What I did was right?

I'm a newbie in Poker and so I would like you to judge the rightness of my actions on the following hand: Yesterday I was playing NL Hold'em and my cards were a premium hand, K♣ K♦. We were playing ...
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Determining the proper play on the turn

This hand came up in a local WPT event (not the main event for the series) that had a $340 buyin. Everyone started the tournament with $15K in chips and the structure was good with 40 minute blinds. ...
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Best playing style for MTT's

When I read the question Quantifying the amount of luck required to win a tournament and the answer to that question I started thinking about different playing styles. Could this method of calculating ...
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Adjusting strategy for MTT

I've been playing low stakes SNG's (10-50 participants) for a while and learned to beat the game to such a degree that I can play profitably. However, when I attempt playing in MTTs I rarely make it ...
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Quantifying the amount of skill required to win a tournament

I was thinking about this topic: Quantifying the amount of luck required to win a tournament And I wondered if there is a way to quantify the relation between skill and final place. It's seems hard ...
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Heads Up NL Holdem: Best strategy against all in every hand

Assume you are playing a NL Holdem tournament heads up. What is the best strategy against these all-in scenarios, and what is the expected win percentage when implementing the best strategy against ...
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Difference in strategies with stakes?

What difference in strategies should occur as the stakes change. For example in a tournament(888.com| 24x7 Freerolls) , I have noticed that I have decent rank in the initial stage when the stakes are ...
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Joining an offline poker league - can being new be used to my advantage?

I plan to join a poker league at a local pub. I'm told roughly 10 to 15 players are involved each week, most of them regulars. While I played in a similar poker league in the same area in the past, I ...
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Quantifying the amount of luck required to win a tournament

If we disregard deals, players accidentally mucking winning hands, and time-limited tournaments, in order to win a poker tournament, you must win the very last hand of the tournament. In order to win ...
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What is the best strategy once you are chip leader in a tournament?

I am talking about tournaments(MTT) with about 30-40 players.What should be the strategy: Go loose: Force other players to either go all in or fold, if you have slightly good cards Go tight: Let ...
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Tough decision on the turn

The tournament has 30 minute blind levels, everyone began with 10K in chips, and the play is 10 handed. At this point the blinds are 200/400 with a 50 Ante. Hero starts the hand with 7825 in chips ...
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How do you calculate side-pots when all-in on ante? [duplicate]

Could you please help me, i would like to know how to calculate main and side pots in tournament, when stacks of players less then ante + one/all of this players on sb/bb. For example: Blinds ...
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When should you defend your big blind in tournament play?

Should you defend your blinds differently at different stages of a tournament? Meaning in the early stages should you defend a lot tighter and then get a bit looser as the tournament goes on. The ...
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Online Poker League

I have played in a live poker league, which hosts a game each week, and players accumulate points based on their positions in the tournament. The top 10 at the end of the month from each venue ...
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Simple final table tournament play including push/fold

I've had a look at this table here as a guide of what to do heads up, and made a rough approximation of how to play various hands based on stack sizes, such that I can remember them and don't have to ...
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Folding AA after the flop?

Hero in BB hits AA before the flop. BB is $600, there are 3 or 4 callers (I'm old and can never recall all the details), and hero doesn't like to see his AA busted by a runner-runner so he raises ...
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Ax2x, UTG, final tabler, 4 players. Go to war?

At the final table with Ax2x, 60000 stack, UTG, 4 players. Tournament started with about 50 players. Hero calls 8000 BB, no raises. Flop is 2x7x10x. So now hero has 2x2xAx. BB bets 8000 with about ...
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How to play QQ live tournament?

Not playing too long so I probably won't provided all the detail needed. Blinds are at $200/400. Hero has QQ. Villain raises to $800 pre-flop. Hero and a few others call. Hero recalls villain has made ...
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Tricky Tournament Bubble Situation

How (and why) do you play this hand as big stack on the bubble of a short-handed SNG? All players are reasonably skilled. BB has played pretty tight in the previous ~100 hands this tournament, and in ...
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Starting a Friendly Poker Ring

Not sure if this is applicable to the decorum of Poker.SE but here goes: What is a reasonable way of getting a regular ring together? I have a group of 6-8 friends at work who are fairly interested ...
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Are seat re-assignments random in multi-table tournaments?

During multi-table tournaments, players are re-assigned to other tables in order to keep minimum number of tables and to have them as balanced as possible. Are there any rules as to which table to ...
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Profitability of re-buys/add-ons when allowed

If you are not familiar with the format: such tournaments are (at least) available online, mostly in form of satellites to other tournaments etc. Basically the standard satellite structure with 1 ...
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Maximizing profit post-bubble

Had a few pleasant games in a particular tourney format: 9max NL normal speed/structure; NTT S-M field (~150); M-L buy-in (~$300); this runs often enough for me to have accumulated a sample of just ...
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How do I structure the blind levels of a tournament to run for a certain length (on average)?

I'm hosting a poker tournament with 10 people and want it to go on for 3-4 hours. I'm bringing a 500 piece poker set for the event (5 colors). What blind structure should I use for this? In general, ...
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Online vs live tournament pace

How would the two generally compare in terms of hands per blind level etc.? Context: I'm planning to buy into a live regional event later this year, which historically had ~125 players. I find myself ...
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How many SnG tournaments do I need to play to be relatively sure I'm a profitable player?

A couple weeks ago I started playing 1$ SnGs on a popular online poker room(poker site?). I've now played 90 of theses SnGs and I am up 12$. That's not bad considering it took me 15-20 tournaments to ...
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Which requires more skill, cash game or tournament poker?

Cash games and multi-table tournaments require different styles of play. But which one requires more skill to be good at?
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Is shoving all in with a weaker player the best strategy?

I'm heads up on the final of a tournament. I have around 1200 chips and my opponent around 4800, blinds 25/50. I'm on the small blind with A♥8♥, I go all-in since I've seen him make loose calls and ...
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How does an opponent's all-in range change after showing an all-in bluff in an online heads-up tournament?

Just to clarify something: I am talking about Online heads-up. (I believe in real life this trick is not used that frequently). In online heads-up tournaments, you barely know how your opponent ...
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How should I play blind vs. blind late in tournaments against unknown players?

One type of situation has troubled me when I've faced various versions of it. In the later stages of tournaments where the blinds are significant, I find myself wondering what to do when it comes ...
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Giving a short stacked opponent a perfect all-in vs forcing them to over-commit

I just finished Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen and in it he is talking about a short-stacked opponent and says: I should probably watch out so I don't give him too many perfect all-in moves ...