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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I find information on local legal poker tournaments

I just found out that there are some relatively nearby casinos that host some low entry tourneys (<=$200 buy in) Is there a site that has a relatively comprehensive listing of these tourneys? If ...
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What tournament size is best to play if completely new to on-line playing Texas hold-em?

Should I be playing large tournaments ie 600 players for a very small buy-in to get more practice or small tables of 6 - 9 player for a slightly larger buy-in?
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How big an edge can you have on a tournament field ? ROI vs edge question

The situation: You are playing a deep stack tournament with 300BB starting stack. Let's suppose you have exactly 300% ROI in this field, in this specific tournament. UTG goes all-in on the first hand, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...