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Poker Lesson #2 - MTT Satellites
Thu February 19, 2009, 3:56 pm

MTT…Winning a seat into a bigger buy in event!

With the WSOP schedule out and the tournaments just around the corner, I thought it would be helpul to share with you how I won my seat.

In multi table tournaments the object is not to win but to survive long enough to get that seat. So your strategy has to be quite a bit different, you're not thinking in terms of winning but just getting into the money. If you are looking to win you are probably taking way too many risks, you're not looking to bust people, you're looking to survive.

  • Don't take unnecessary risks
  • Keep the big picture in mind
  • You can't win if you bust out

Your opponents many times will forget the objective and are just going for the win, whether it be on that particular hand or the whole tournament. They forget the goal and start making more mistakes. If you are aware of this you can use this against them. If you see players playing too many hands, they are the ones you want to exploit. You wait for one strong hand against them. You let them win the small battles but you can hopefully win the war.

There comes a point in a tournament where you need to win a hand or pick up the blinds. Going after tight players is a great strategy. You see the players who are folding, folding, folding. Raise these players when they are in the big blind. You are playing the player not the cards, it doesn't matter if you have a 72o, you need to pick up the blinds and they are there for the taking if you have been paying attention.

Lastly, don't gamble unless you have to. Sometimes you get into a situation where you don't have a choice, your short stacked and you need to shove. Then if you have to shove with 10 BB so be it, but why gamble with your whole chip stack if it's not necessary. I can't tell you how many times I've seen players online and in the casinos over bet the pot and shove their whole stack out there for a small payback when they didn't need to take that risk.

So think differently when you're in a satellite tournament, start to play for a seat and see how your game changes.
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Good Luck on the Felt!

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