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No Limit Holdem Tournament Tips

No Limit Holdem tournament strategy can be different than if you were playing in a cash game. Some people play tighter in tournament play than in cash games and some people may switch their strategy from tight to semi loose. Here are two tips that may help the amateur poker player and the more experienced player play No Limit Holdem tournament style.

Play the Bubble

In tournament play the worst position to finish in is the bubble position. The bubble is the position before you finish in the money. For example if you are playing in a tournament where there are 30 players, let's say the top 5 positions will win some money. The bubble position would be the person who finishes in position 6. You can see why this is the wost position in which to finish the tournament.

If you play your cards right you can use this information to your advantage. Usually when the bubble position is closing in, players begin to play their cards tighter and tighter in order to avoid being put out of the tournament without any winnings. Take a good look around the table try to remember how players were playing there hands before the bubble position was approaching. If you see that a player was raising previously and now they are more conservative, you may have spotted your target.

Always turn the heat up on this type of player when possible. This type of player is more conscious of the fact that they would like to finish in the money and less likely to take a bunch of risk. If this player bets than you raise them. If this player raises then you re-raise them and if they are in the blinds, almost always raise their blinds. When put to the test this type of person will most likely play conservatively and wait for absolutely excellent quality hands.

Easy On the All Ins

As an experienced poker player there is nothing more annoying then sitting at a table when another player is constantly using the all in call. No Limit Holdem has become famous for this call but it is to be used for strategic means and not to be over used as a crutch for someones game. When someone does this constantly, it is like sitting there with a shirt on that reads "Amateur Poker Player. Take my money please."

Besides an experienced poker player is going to pick up on your tendencies and it wont take long for them to figure out when the all in call is coming and bait you into using it at the wrong time. An experience player is able to see this a pick a person apart. So use the all in call sparingly and for strategy and don't abuse it.

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