You sit down to play a multiple table tournament. You are playing no limit hold em poker. You know how to play the game. And, you know which hands are premium hands, which hands are good hands, and which hands are rag hands. You even understand the power of position at the poker table.
There are over 100 players and you get $1,500 in chips. The starting level has the small blind at $10 and the big blind at $25. Each round is 30 minutes. You are seated on the button as the first hand is dealt.
Do you have a strategy?
Actually most players do have a strategy, and you may have a similar one. In the early stages of a tournament, the usual strategy is to play tight and wait for a big, premium hand.
How many tournaments have you won playing this strategy?
Why not try to improve your winning percentage? Consider allocating at least 20% of your starting stack for the early rounds in order to allow play of speculative hands.
For example, let’s say you have a two gap suited connector in the big blind like 7-4 suited. A rag hand, right?
There is a raise and two callers. In all likelihood, you will be getting great odds to call with this hand. For example, there may be $235 in the pot, and it will only cost you $50 to call. That’s 4.7 to 1 to call. Give it a shot. Call. If you hit your hand right, you can win a big hand.
Recently, I was in the big blind and a player under the gun raised the pot two times my big blind. There was one caller. I had 5-3 offsuit but the odds were too good to fold. The flop was 6-4-2. The raiser had pocket Kings and lost almost all his chips to me.
If I miss my 5-3 offsuit on the flop, it is easy to get away from. I fold.
It is true that sometimes you may put yourself in a tough situation when you hit good but not perfect on the flop. But, you know what? That’s how you become a better player. Learning to play in tough situations on the flop.
Overall, the next time you play in a poker tournament. Allocate 20% of your stack for playing speculative hands.
Give it a shot. Try it, you may like it.