You can do it! Getting into that Tournament

Emulating Players

Find a few players with good results in a similar tournament to the one you’re playing and then try to emulate their thought process. You can find players on Twitch or YouTube. Watch how they play, check out any interviews they have, and try to really dig into how they think throughout a hand and tournament.

Doing this will allow you to understand what the ideal benchmark is, allowing you to take advantage of more amateur players, and therefore moving you out of the amateur category.

Study the Game

It’s possible to be a great player and then get rusty. According to most important gambling sites like Pkv Games, Online Poker is a very fast-paced game, strategies are always developing as are counter strategies. Put what you can into it, not just in terms of studying the game, but also maximizing the fun you have at the event.

#1 Piece of Advice to Qualifiers

Firstly, there are many different types of qualifiers. Regular players should of course focus purely on game play strategy.

For newer players who do not have so much experience, identify what your objective is. Don’t set unrealistic expectations, such as “my goal is to win the event”, because although not impossible, for a first time player you’re statistically unlikely to win. Even the best player in the world is statistically not likely to win the event, so it would be unreasonable of them to expect to win the event.

Having a positive mindset is exactly what you should do. But there’s a whole notion of expectations minus reality = happiness, so if you set your expectations far higher than what the average outcome of reality will be, then you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment most of the time.

(Expectations – Reality = Happiness)

Have an honest conversation with yourself, and say what is a realistic expectation I can get out of this, such as:

  • Looking to have a cash – not necessarily in the main event but a side event
  • Looking to have a restful vacation
  • Making new friends
  • Coming away with a story

Don’t make your whole objective and goals of this experience based on how you happen to do in one tournament. Set yourself up to make sure you have the best time you can.

When you have a tough player on your left

There will be a situation where a tough player sits to your left, such as Igor Kurganov. If you go deep in the tournament, you should expect this to happen at some point.

In this situation, the thing to consider is to look for hands that have playability. Perhaps try tightening your opening range. You still need to mix up your range of hands, such as 76s, 87s, AA and KK. Otherwise, by only playing big hands, you’re very transparent. You want to reduce speculative hands, however. Maybe try only opening with them half the time.

If somebody is relentlessly three-betting you, and they are hands towards the top of your range, obviously don’t fold those. But the hands you’re on the fence with (umm-ing and ahh-ing), these are the times you should four-bet them, especially with 60+ Big Blinds stacks. These are the hands you feel you’re probably ahead of their range as they are three-betting too much – hands like KJ – sometimes you’ll want to four-bet them. Just make sure you do not do this too often.

When you do four-bet, make sure your sizing is bigger. What I often see is players get frustrated against a tough aggressive player, think “ahhhh, I’ll get them back” and then min four-bet, for example:

  • A player in the Cut Off raises to 10,000 with KJo
  • The aggressive Button three-bets to 30,000
  • Everyone else folds
  • The Cut-Off four-bets to 65,000
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