There are three accepted poker strategies that you simply most avoid if you want to win a poker tournament. I am sure you have read each one of the following poker gems many times, and iai believe them to be poker truths. Unfortunately they are just plain wrong if you want to win.
Poker Strategy #1: “Play tight early in a no limit poker tournament.”
There are many ways to play in the early rounds of a poker tournament, yet you may have read this poker strategy most often. Why is this poker strategy so popular?
Think about it. If you got knocked out early, would you trust this guy’s opinion?
Unfortunately, the worst poker advice for no limit tournaments is to play tight early. Poker is about gambling. Poker tournaments are about winning. Embrace the risk in the game because you need chips to survive those bad beats. You are not going to outplay the luck in the game.
The right strategy early in a no limit tournament is to put at least 20% of your chips at risk with drawing hands like suited connectors, so you can win big pots.
Remember this: No one has ever folded their way to victory. Never.
Poker Strategy #2: “You need to be selectively aggressive to win a poker tournament.”
Oh my, is this nonsense or what? Being aggressive is bad, but being selectively aggressive is good.
I guess that key word “selectively” means that if you are aggressive and win you are being selective. But if you are aggressive and lose you are not being selective enough.
What if you go card dead for an hour and are bleeding out your chips? Are you being too selective by not being aggressive?
Forget this nonsense strategy. You need to be aggressive to win a poker tournament. You need to accumulate chips. Raise and re-raise by making the right plays.
Poker Strategy #3: “It depends.”
This has got to be the biggest joke of poker advice ever. It depends is so popular it’s become a pseudo strategy.
But what’s the winning play in a given situation? It depends…
I think we should put “it depends” next to “Depends” diapers..it’s all wet.
The leaking is over! Make the right play at the right time.
Of course sometimes in poker you make the right play at the wrong time. Yeah, you take a bad beat. But other times you will be wrong and make the wrong play at the right time. Yeah, you put a bad beat on your opponent.
Don’t think “it depends.” Ask yourself what is the right play at that moment. And if you still are not sure, err on the side of being aggressive by asking yourself the following: