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Poker Lesson #4 Deep Stack Tournaments
Tue May 19, 2009, 5:34 pm

Deep Stack Tournaments are when you start with a large number of chips in relation to the starting blinds For example: a typical deep stack tournament might start you with 10k in chips and the blinds at 25/50.

It makes very little sense in a "DST" to take big risks when the blinds are so small in relation to the chips in play. A better strategy would be to see flops as inexpensive as possible unless you have big starting hands such as AK KK, in that case you may want to push it more.

One of the strategies I like to avoid is playing any big pots early in the tournament without having the nuts or something very close to it.

One of the strategies that has been widely implemented lately is small ball poker, this means your trying to play more hands, seeing the flop cheap with hands like suited connectors and small pairs. Your trying to take a marginal hand and hit the flop big time with it, that way you can milk it for all it's worth. This is alot more effective in the early rounds of a tournament when the blinds are small...you don't want to be doing this as mush in the later stages of the tournament when blinds and high and antes are in play.

So the strategy is to limp more and make smaller pre flop raises, maybe min-raise or bet 2.5X the blind. You are trying to build the pot, but you want to build it slowly. You are typically doing this in position where you can out flop or out play your opponents. This style is similar to what Gus Hanson and Daniel Negrauno play, trying to pick up alot of small pots.

With the WSOP just around the corner you need to mix up your play so you create confusion among your opponents as to what your strategy is. The best way to do that is to do the mini raises some times and not show a consistent betting pattern like we mentioned in earlier poker lessons.

Good Luck on the Felt!
Tom

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