My 2017 Fallsview experience was more rewarding than I could possibly have dreamed - and in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I came ahead with a win, but it didn’t come in a way I thought it would.
Rewind to 2016…
I first met Tim Deering in February of 2016 on the final three tables of the Fallsview Poker Classic. He was exceptionally friendly, and seemed to have a good heart, so we struck up a conversation. I always make an effort to get to know my opponents if they’re open to conversation for two reasons:
Strategies for Daily Tournaments
Given both the fast structure and typical skill level of opponents in daily tournaments, there is usually little need to engage in a lot of intense player analysis. While there often isn’t enough time to construct reliable reads on players, the fact is that most players in these tournaments are going to exhibit a lot of the same tendencies which makes targeting individual players less of a priority. Most will be recreational players and most will fall into very predictable patterns.
I spent years of my life traveling for the game. During that time, I played online poker from any surface I could place a laptop. Airport interiors, coffee shops, hostels, cabins in the middle of nowhere…it was all fair game. In many of these spots, a wicker chair was a luxury. I didn’t have much of a choice abroad. Wherever I found a reliable internet connection, I set up shop.
Okay, I’ll admit it: I don’t know if poker is a sport.
If you can do it with a beer in your hand, I don’t know if it qualifies as a sport.
That said, I always think of tournament poker as an endurance sport.
I was moderately successful in cash games. I massively multitabled 100 NL and 200 NL online and loved it. The downswings in low-stakes cash games are much less stressful than the ones in tournaments. However, I always drifted back to tournaments because it played to my strengths. Tournament poker isn’t about who can play the best poker. It’s about who can play the best poker the longest.
Picking your ideal time to get down to the felt is another aspect of proper game selection. It will help you find the profitable spots and games that will give you the highest expectation, and this will help you make more money.
So, where do we find the soft spots to make the easy money? Whether you’re playing online or live, there are a few sure-fire bets.
Where’s the easy money?
We have discussed capped boards previously, but here we are going to add some details as we analyze them more extensively. If you a recall, a “capped” board is a flop where typically the caller’s range is limited to one pair or worse. This provides ample opportunities to bluff on complicating turns.
Tournaments are more dynamic than cash games. They force you into a lot of situations you’d never encounter otherwise, so to play them successfully, you need to be flexible. There’s no denying that luck plays a huge role in poker tournaments, but if you can grasp a few key concepts, you won’t be as reliant on the fickle affections of chance.
The 3 Key Ingredients to Winning NLH Poker Tournaments
The greatest thing I ever saw in my life was a boxing match. I was in San Diego, California. I was 12. This was the year 2000. My father had me down there to work on a commercial fishing vessel of his. It was getting redone at the time. It wouldn’t be back on the water for months. I spent the days cleaning up debris from construction, as my father taught me about hard work. To reward me, he’d take me to see different sights at night. My favorite memory from that time was a boxing match my father took me to.
While online tournaments and live tournaments are essentially the same game, they provide vastly different strategies and adjustments to maximize win rates. Today, let’s look at a few of these major differences and the adjustments required. In this article, we will look at limping, 3-betting, bluffing frequencies, check-raising and folding frequencies.
Did you know that suffering from anxiety issues can also affect your attention span? Researchers have recently determined that there is a correlation between these two issues.
In fact, if you have anxiety, then you’re more likely to have coexisting attention disorders. Researchers now believe there is an underlying brain connection that could explain this relationship. In fact, preliminary studies of adolescents reveal that they’re more likely to have both issues together.
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