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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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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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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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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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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What are some examples of good, free poker tournament software?

I'm looking for a good and free software that will help me setup a poker tournament structure. The idea is to keep simple stats about the game in a screen available for everyone to see during the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Does a bounty chop?

In a poker tournament with a bounty on a player, the all in player was against two others at the table. The two remaining players chopped the hand and beat the all in. We split the side pot and the ...
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99 short stacks reraised under the gun tournament

Hero is under the gun with about 7000 in chips, just doubled up. 6 handed, blinds are 200/400 and 25 antes. Hero has 99. Hero raises to 1200. Chip leader, about 15000 in #2 raises to 3000. Hand ...
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What's considered an acceptable rake in tournaments?

What percentage would be considered an acceptable rake compared to the buyin? For instance, there is a local casino that runs a $40 buy in $25 dollar bounty and $15 dollar rake. To me, this seems ...
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WSOP 2011: -1% badge - what it is for?

Can you please explain what does this -1% badge some WSOP players wear do? Thanks
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Standing of all-in losers in a tournament

When multiple players go all-in during a hand in a tournament, and lose, how is their relative standing (5th, 6th, etc.) determined?
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Looking for the BB/M math to build good NLHE Tourney Blind Structures

I'm running a home game and I want to better design NLHE Tourney Blind Structures. So far the auto generators I've found either bias slow build up or long tourney times.
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Are There Good Points-Based Ways To Handicap Home Poker Tournaments?

Currently I am keeping points for my home tourney by assigning the following points: 1 point for play 1 point for each player knocked out before you 1 point for cashing 1 point for heads up 1 point ...
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Correct (preferred) blinding in NLTE tourneys when blinds or the button bust out

What is the correct process in moving the blinds when either the next dealer and/or the next blinds get busted out of the tourney? A good description of how dead blinds work would be greatly ...