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Poker Tournaments and Variations

Poker tournaments are great for gaining experience and winning money. There are several variations of poker tournaments, such as steps tournaments, turbo tournaments and shootouts.

Although poker tournaments have several variations, they also share some similar characteristics. Players start with the same amount of chips and the blinds increase as the game progresses. The players are eliminated one by one and the last man standing is declared the champion.

The prize pool of a poker tournament is distributed among the top winners, so it is not only the champion who wins money. Usually, the top 10% of the participants in a tournament receive cash prizes, with the champion obviously getting the biggest prize. So a poker tournament of 500 players may have 50 winners.

There are also poker tournaments that feature "freezeouts" where the players who lose all their chips are eliminated and cannot return to contention. Other poker tournaments don't have freezeouts and allow re-buys. Some are even winner-take-all contests.

Turbo tournaments are quick and fast. The blinds escalate very fast usually every five minutes or so. Post-flop plays are minimal in this tournament as players have the tendency to go all-in or fold.

Although skill is still important in a turbo tournament, you still need luck to win. Be aggressive since a passive style will cause you to lose your stack quickly. A blind-stealing strategy will also come in handy.

Another kind of poker tournament is the steps tournament. The format of this tournament is somewhat ladderized. The winners of the early stages advance to the next stage or "step." The losers take a step back and are required to pay another entry fee to continue playing.

Your strategy in a steps tournament is to try stealing the blinds and preserve your stuck as much as possible. Play a selective aggressive game when about a third of the players have reached the higher steps. Until then, use a single-table tournament strategy.

It's better to have a bigger stack so that your opponents will be less inclined to attack you. Stealing blinds guarantee a larger chip stack. Once you reach the final step, you can revert to a single-table strategy.

Shootout tournaments are just like steps tournaments, but are limited to only one event. The structure of a shooutout tournament will determine the best strategy to use.

If several players move on to the next round, use a selective aggressive strategy. However, if only one player advances, you should be very aggressive and take a lot of risks. Try to steal the blinds and have a large chip stack to discourage your opponents.

Try the turbo, steps and shooutout tournaments and see which poker tournament suits you the best. Be sure to use skills and strategies as these are your strongest weapons against more experienced players.


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