Is there any joy in getting eliminated from a poker tournament? Well if you actually made the money, then yes you can take solice in the fact that you played it right? Of course you understand by now that poker is anything but a simple game, and tournament strategy requires even more layered thinking for long term success and profitability.
One of the most important factors when analyzing your poker tournament strategy is making the money. Of course, for a few players who actually do have a generous bankroll, this isnt the way to go. A lot of rounders and pros will play more aggressively in this situation because they want to make the money with a healthy stack.
For most online players though, this simply isn’t the case and making the money should be of paramount importance. The reason for this is because when you are actually building a bankroll, the best money to play with is that of your opponents, not your own. This is called OPM, or Other Players’ Money, and if you are just starting out in online poker, then OPM is your only way to long term profitability, unless you want to rely on luck.
The only way to start using OPM is to do your utmost to make the money in every tournament you play. Sure it may be a slow bankroll building process, but you need to play this way for thses main reasons. Most importanatly is the fact that your competition is so weak, they will literally send you deep into the tournament, simply by playing extra tight.
Also, you would be surprised to know how fast the tournament field cuts down as a result of inexperienced play of opponents. This in fact values your tournament fee higher than what you really spent on it.
Lastly, you can count on making the money about 15 to 20 percent of the time, and no matter how you play, the math is on your side that you will make the final table often enough to earn those higher payouts, no matter how tight you play.
Now adopting this philosophy normally requires tight-aggressive Harrington style play, but it’s not so easy to stick to that style while witnessing the foolish players around you and their lucky, but growing stacks. Getting caught up in that though, means you are playing on your lack of emotional control, and not using a solid winning strategy.
Realistically, this is all going to be determined by the pure math of poker and your belief in exactly that. If you play tight aggressive, you will make the money often enough to build your OPM bankroll, and then play risk free forever more. Now surely, you can fathom the better way to play?
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