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#1 Dyshi

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 03:28 PM

I am entering a poor man's poker tourney tomorrow night at our casino, and it'll be my first time playing live. I've played online a lot, but never for cash. Played with friends for cash, but they're calling everything all the time, no strategy is to be had.

$10 buy in, 1,000 in chips. 70 players. top 7 get cash. so it'd be a pretty decent take considering.

So I was just wondering if you guys had any tips for someone who's gonna play live for their first time? I am pretty nervous about it. Online I do well, I watch a lot of poker and do my fair share of reading as well.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 11:28 PM

I used to play small pot poker in the beginning, but later on in small tourneys blinds get high way too fast. I play a live tourney almost every other week for $50 buy in, usually ~45 people and top 5ish get paid and the tourneys end in like 3hrs. I started a new strategy of playing aggressive in the beginning when the blinds are low to get chips so when blinds get high and I go card dead, the blinds don't hurt me as much.

So I'd suggest aggressive play for smaller tourneys to get a good stack of chips early.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 12:11 AM

Most people will play really tight early on, so pushing em around can very well work indeed.

And yeah indeed, usually online aswell in sit&go's, it'll very often come down to luckyest person winning most coinflips. Being dealt a pocket pair will force you to go all-in to steal the blinds, and get dealt AK will force you to call it, going in for a coin-flip, and vice versa. Having those extra chips will come in handy indeed for if you're less lucky, but.. it is risky, because if you try push people around, at one point you will run into a monster.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 11:10 AM

Ok, thanks for the tips. I observed the tournament that went on last night, and I saw a lot of early aggressive play. All in on AKo gets called by KK, very first hand. Luckily for the guy hold AKo there are unlimited rebuys the first hour, flop showed K82rainbow.

#5 Elisterre

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 02:50 AM

My advice is to sit calmly and quietly and focus on your game. There will be a lot of distractions for you because you aren't used to loud people or annoying people talking to you and to others while you are trying to make decisions about your hand.

Don't talk AT ALL during a hand that you are involved in. Just focus and ignore everybody. It isn't considered rude to ignore someone when you are making decisions, especially if you are about to make a raise or call a raise.

People will try to fish for information from you, just ignore them and don't answer.

Don't watch the flop when it comes, watch your opponents, you should for people glancing at their chips right after the flop. This is often something they will do when they want to bet after seeing a great flop.

Lastly, if you have less than 10 big blinds left, just go all preflop in on any Ace or any pocket pair.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 11:32 AM

after a couple of tournaments, I simply started playing with an mp3 player to ignore the players around

result? final table in a 70+ tourney :)
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