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.
No matter what poker book you read or poker show you watch, the topic of position will invariably be discussed and its importance stressed.
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.
The best players in the world rely on small ball poker when playing in No Limit Hold’em tournaments.
There’s plenty of discussion on internet poker forums about the differences between tournament and cash game players.
There are a couple of methods to amass a big stack in tournament poker. One way is to try pushing small edges before the flop by playing coin flip situations, like a pair versus two overcards, or vice versa. The problem is that this approach is far too inconsistent. You’ll […]