Winning Strategy for NL Texas Hold em Freezeout Tournament
A winning strategy.
Here is a strategy that I feel will help you set yourself up nicely to win any Texas Hold em Tournament.
First off you must be patient and realize that your goal early in a tournament is to accumulate chips, that being said in the earlier stages of a tournament you should be looking for hands where you are a huge favorite to win and try to double up and get chips early, that way as the tournament progresses and the blinds and antes get larger you will have plenty of chips and not have to go all in with a marginal hand and hope to get lucky. Remember that luck may win in the short term but the better player will win in the long run and that is really what poker is about.
Hold em is not rocket science and there really is no perfect way to play any particular hand you have to try and get a read on what range of hands your opponents may hold and look for betting patterns etc to help you try and figure out what they are holding. it can really be a deep level of thinking but I'm not going to go that in dept with this hub, I'm just gonna lay out a simple and very effective strategy for you to follow as you work on getting better at reading your opponents and learning more about the game.
OK now lets get back on track,you want to have a big hand the 1st hand you play or if you see a player who is constantly folding then maybe just a simple raise and you can take the blinds and accumulate a few chips without any defending.
To keep your opponents guessing at what hands you are playing try to raise the same amount every time you raise. as an example a standard raise is usually 2 to 3 times the big blind so whether you hold pocket aces or queen jack suited always raise the same amount and they will never know whether you hold a big hand or are bluffing, it also keeps you from getting yourself pot committed to go broke on any hand.
Lets say for example you are in late position(on the button) and you have an ace 10 of hearts and the blinds are 120 & 240 with a 50 chip ante and you have 3200 in chips. a standard raise should be 480 chips or 710 if you are raising 3 times the BB. If you make the raise and the BB goes all in and has you covered (has more chips than you and if you lose the hand you will be out of the tournament) do you want to call?
I say no because if they have Ace and anything higher than a 10 then you are a huge underdog to win the hand.
If they have pockets aces then you are just about drawing dead.... lets say they have pockets kings..well you have very few outs Just 3 aces pre-flop to win the hand.
My point here is that if you follow the rule and always just raise 2 to 3 times the big blind you can easily fold there whereas if you had made a crazy raise like 1500 chips you lose more chips or could easily get frustrated and call just trying to get lucky and be eliminated before you even got started good.
The Idea is to get other players to make a mistake and stack off all their chips to you
Early in the tournament play only Quality hands or against people you can outplay after the flop and you should be able to accumulate chips.
The middle stages are really when you should loosen up and play more hands in position using your reads on the other players to steal the blinds and antes, don't do it too often or the other players will catch on to what you are doing and re-raise you with anything putting you in a bad spot.
Also as you get close to the money bubble raise em every time until someone either re-raises or calls you. A lot of people play to just make the money and they are scared of busting out just a few spots out of the money (or on the bubble) and this is a lot of times a very easy and effective way to accumulate chips by just stealing the blinds and antes... the blinds and antes always go up so the longer you are in the tournament the more profitable it is for you to steal them, If you can get away with stealing them 1 time out of every 4 times you try you are actually making a profit.
Another strategy for the middle stages is to fold - fold - fold - your way right into the money.
I am not a fan of this but sometimes if you have an aggressive table that may be the best way to get the chips just sit back and let em bust each other.
To win the tournament you have to be the last man standing, at the final table I like to see how the other players are playing and adjust accordingly...as a rule I DO the opposite of what they are doing. If they are folding I'm raising and stealing if they are aggressive then I sit back and wait for pocket Kings or aces and then I get aggressive.
Remember to not go broke on 1 pair or try not to go all in pre-flop unless you hold a big hand and its not a big multi-way pot pre-flop. Try to frustrate them and make the nuts and stack em off.