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1. Playing the right starting hands
Any player who has sought out very rudimentary poker know-how, will understand the concept of the playable hand chart. The chart will tell you what are the best hands to play.
If the action is folded to you and you have a hand you want to play, you should generally come out raising. If you don’t think your hand is good enough to raise with, then just fold.
This prevents your opponents from being able to put you on a weak hand (which you would signal by limping) and also forces the other players to put more money into the pot pre-flop when you are holding a good hand.
Of course this becomes second-nature to a poker player once you have played in enough tables. The experience will render the playable hand-chart useless. You can fast-forward your way to gaining all that experience with UPoker’s Multi-table Modes seen on the left.
2. Adjust strategy based on stack size
The general rule of poker strategy is as follows:
Play tight early.
During the early levels of tournaments, you’ll usually have the most chips in comparison to the blinds. Many tournaments will start you off with 200 or 300 big blinds. In these stages, you should actually be quite conservative and wait for good opportunities.
Always know the average stack size
As the tournament progresses, the average stack size will change. People will bust out so the total average will increase. Ideally, you want to always be around the average size.
Don’t waste chips
If you do have a decent stack, you should use your chips wisely. Make your moves in good spots where you can expect to win pots without much effort and, preferably, without a showdown.
Pressure players in the bubble (Players will tighten up after the bubble)
As the bubble approaches in the tournament, you’ll see many players tighten up for fear of busting just before making money. At this stage, you can apply a lot of pressure unless you’re one of the shortest stacks at the table.
Learn to manage a minuscule stack
It happens every now and then that you are left with just a few big blinds in your stack. If and when this happens, you’ll no longer have any fold equity, so basically you want to get the chips in the middle as soon as possible, especially if there are antes involved eating up your stack on every hand. Anything that looks remotely reasonable, any ace, any paint, and pretty much all suited connectors should be more than enough.
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3. Defend your big-blinds in a wider range
The tightness of the average player’s blind defence range varies widely. Most of us would never dream of defending so tightly just because we are out of position. It’s a huge disadvantage being out of position. Only about 10% of hands are defensible against the BTN (button). But this doesn’t automatically mean that we want to simply start folding everything.
One of the ways we can defend our wider pre-flop range is by aggressively check-raising flops where we have potential. It’s considered correct to check-raise bluff twice as many flops as we check-raise for value. In other words, most of the time when we check-raise the flop, we should be bluffing.
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