Evaluating Starting Hands In No-Limit Hold'em Tournaments

Written by Marc W.

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Have a healthy and watchful respect for strong-tight players who are rarely in hands, particularly if they playrepparttar hand out of position. If a player like this raises in early position you should fold all those marginal hands, and small pairs as well.

When weak players have enteredrepparttar 148007 pot, you should be happy to call and take flops with them provided you can do this inexpensively. Slow playing big hands has a higher expected value in No-Limit than it does in Limit games where it is rarelyrepparttar 148008 right way to play. That being said, it is a skill that takes a lifetime to master, and can easily backfire on you.

Asrepparttar 148009 blinds increase in tournament play you must be flexible with your evaluation of starting hands as you have to keep your chip stack well ahead ofrepparttar 148010 pace set byrepparttar 148011 blinds. In tournament play you cannot wait forrepparttar 148012 perfect starting hand, and frequently you need to make your own luck. Be selectively aggressive, especially inrepparttar 148013 later stages ofrepparttar 148014 tournament. Initially you should be tight at least until you have a good read on some ofrepparttar 148015 opponents at your table. Try to avoid coin-flip scenarios where all your chips are at stake. This happens allrepparttar 148016 time in online tournaments where players feel comfortable going all-in on AK and equally comfortable calling that hand with any pocket pair.

The winners of tournaments at all levels are usually those players who pace themselves early on, make a move inrepparttar 148017 middle stages ofrepparttar 148018 event, and then start all over again atrepparttar 148019 final table by once again playing strong-tight.

Marc W. is a poker fanatic and regular poker tournament player. For more interesting articles about playing online poker, visit http://www.online-poker-insider. Online Poker Insider guarantees online poker room deposits up to $500.

Discover YOUR Online Poker Room

Written by Robert Myer

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Look atrepparttar game schedule. Does it have enough ofrepparttar 147870 games that you want, when you want them? Arerepparttar 147871 limits that you want, there when you need them? In short, can you userepparttar 147872 room when itís convenient for you?

The next thing you have to do is look atrepparttar 147873 number of players that are playing inrepparttar 147874 room. Check outrepparttar 147875 total number of players on their schedule page at different times to see if it is a popular room or not. The less popular a room isrepparttar 147876 less chances you will have to play. A good rule of thumb is ifrepparttar 147877 room has less than 1,000 players, at their slow time, you will not have enough games going on to give you a choice when you need it.

Go torepparttar 147878 cashier window. Check outrepparttar 147879 methods available for depositing money intorepparttar 147880 room. Do they have many options or just a few? Arerepparttar 147881 methods expensive or do they have some free ones? How difficult is their system to use? Is it very complicated?

Now you have to look at how to withdraw your money. This is very important as many rooms make it very difficult and complicated for some of their methods of withdrawal. Check to see if they have Neteller, as this isrepparttar 147882 easiest and least expensive method of all. In fact, it is free torepparttar 147883 user.

These arerepparttar 147884 most important points to look for in selecting an online poker room. There are many more, but they are based on your personal wants or needs and have to be found by yourself.

Good Luck.

Authored by: Robert Myer, Webmaster of Beginner's Online Poker Guide, as well as a poker player for over 20 years.

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