The popular NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship began its 2009 season broadcast on Sunday, April 12. I drew World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton in the first round.
I recently viewed the tape from the World Series of Poker final table when I won my record eleventh bracelet. There was one interesting hand that commentator Robert Williamson said I played poorly. Here’s how it went down.
If you’re playing small ball poker, you’ll be entering a lot of pots, and in most of them, you’ll be coming in for a 2 ½ times the big blind raise.
The secret behind playing small ball poker isn’t so much in the hands you choose to play. It’s more about the amount you choose to bet with the hands you end up playing.
Premium hands are simply few and far between when large pots are at stake. Tournaments are won by aggressively going after smaller pots with a range of starting hands. The trick is learning how to do that without becoming reckless.
The world’s most successful tournament competitors, like me, Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Phil Hellmuth and countless others, like to play small ball poker.
A common mistake made by amateurs is that they often get involved in big pots with marginal hands when they’re out of position.
You have to play more hands than usual to be successful in tournament poker.
Defending your big blind isn’t easy. You’ll be out of position for the entire hand unless the raise comes from the player in the small blind.
Other players will eventually catch on to your style of play if you play with them on a regular basis. You’ll need to find clever ways to outwit them.