A tournament is a poker game where everyone starts with the same number of chips and   usually plays until only one player remains with chips. 

  Generally the blinds and limits of the game are raised at fixed times in order to force the   action and ensure that the tournament ends within a reasonable time. 

  The exact structure differs from event to event.In some cases you can buy more chips within   the first hour or some other specified period. 

  Sometimes you have to lose all your current chips to be eligible to buy more, sometimes   not.Some tournaments don’t allow rebuys at all.

  The payout schedule differs from event to event. Seldom does that last player get all the   money, a certain percentage goes to second place, third place, and so on.

  A winning strategy for tournament play is not the same as a winning strategy for a regular   poker game. 

  Tournament strategy depends on the particulars of the event: the rebuy policy, the payout   schedule, and the escalation of blinds and limits. 

  I’m not going to talk about specific tournament strategy in this book-just a little about   tournaments themselves.

  You can find tournaments with buy-ins as low as $10.  Small buy-in tournaments can be an   excellent way to learn a new game while keeping a limit on your risk. 

  They are different from “ring games” (the term for a regular full game), but the mechanics   of the play is the same in tournaments and ring games.

  In a tournament you can’t pick your seat, and you can’t pick your table. 

  Because these are the two most important factors in determining whether you’re a winning   poker player, the skills needed to win at tournaments are very different from the skills   needed to win in ring games, but tournaments do provide an excellent training ground for   the aspects of play that involve picking your cards.




Pick the Right Table / Picking a Seat / Theories of Poker / Betting Theory: The Odds

A Theory of Starting Hand Value

A Theory of Flop Play: Counting Outs and Evaluating Draws

The Dynamics of Game Conditions / Table Image / Player Stereotypes

Women and Poker / Spread-Limit Games / Double Bet on the End Games / Kill Games

Short-handed Games / No-limit and Pot-Limit Poker


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