Ask a few newer players what their challenges and hopes are, and they’ll tell you. We poker players are a friendly sort, after all. But when we get to talk about multi-table poker tournaments, people start getting a bit nervous. They don’t feel like they’re ready enough. We disagree: you are absolutely ready to take on multi-table tourneys if you can follow a few guidelines and steps.
There are plenty of reasons to play these tournaments, but we’ll list just a few. To start with, the prizes are bigger than usual: a lot of players make this easier. Small prize packages come from a low player count. Of course, you can also enjoy the benefit of qualifying for bigger tournaments without having to pay the big ticket entries. If you rise to the top of the smaller fields, you’ll get invitations to bigger fields in no time at all. The reason why is obvious: the good players attract everyone that wants to take their money. You might be surprised at what events you’ll qualify for simply by placing decently high “in the money”.
Could you use an online tourney to qualify for a big event in Vegas? Absolutely. There are a lot of multi-table tournaments going on all the time — just about every major poker site has this option available.
But again, if you’re going to play them well, you have to take a few things into account:
Your Stack Counts (Big Time)
The first thing that you’re going to need to think about when it comes to pulling off a tournament is the size of your stack. It really does count for a lot in this style of play. Once you run out of chips, you’re knocked out. Not every tourney lets you rebuy so once you’re drained…that’s it. If you have to play with a smaller stack than everyone else, you need to understand one thing: everyone will target you. They’re going to try to knock you out fast because then they can move on to other threats. This is the law of the jungle: hunters will chase, and prey will be chased. Therefore, your first strategy is to not become prey for very long. The only way to do this would be to get more chips than where you began, and quickly. You may have to go all-in to get more chips, or fold until you can get a good hand and lure players out. Continue Reading