My First Live Tournament Tomorrow

Dustin BDustin B Red Chipper Posts: 36 ✭✭
edited July 15 in General Concepts
After a little break I have continued where I left off with CORE, while playing some very low stakes online just for some practice and implementation as well as to just see some hands.

Though I don't go too often at this point, my preference is definitely for live poker. In the past I have focused on playing cash games, but I have decided to go play a tournament tomorrow at my local casino. I'm quite looking forward to it, actually.

I don't exactly know the structure, but I imagine that it is probably 20-30 minute levels with a re-buy option until the 5th level. Maximum number of tables is 26, so not huge but not so small either I suppose.

Any advice or strategies for someone playing their first ever tournament?

Better to take it easy and be patient until the blinds go up, or better to be on top of things from the start, for example?

Defend my blinds a lot more and look to steal a little more as well?

I have played plenty of tourneys online but never live before, so I'm sure the dynamic to that of cash games is quite different.

Any advice or things to keep in mind would be appreciated.

Either way, as always I will have fun!

Comments

  • blindraiseblindraise Red Chipper Posts: 195 ✭✭
    The best advice i can give is to just play the game. Dont beat yourself up if you make a mistake, and dont be afraid to make one.

    Also, if you make a deep run be prepared for strategy changes, players are going to play differently in lvl 3 vs 10. Pay attention to stacks and try to realize whats going on early.

    And as Doug Polk says about tournament life, "Sometimes its just your time to die."
  • Dustin BDustin B Red Chipper Posts: 36 ✭✭
    Thanks for the advice!
  • MrFussMrFuss Red Chipper Posts: 81 ✭✭
    edited July 16
    My general advice is to bet for as much value as you can early and build a stack. You want some room to play aggressive and feel comfortable in 3bet pots without risking a large portion of your stack. This allows you to pick your fights and push in good spots instead of making questionable moves because the blinds are catching up to you.
  • Dustin BDustin B Red Chipper Posts: 36 ✭✭
    MrFuss wrote: »
    My general advice is to bet for as much value as you can early and build a stack. You want some room to play aggressive and feel comfortable in 3bet pots without risking a large portion of your stack. This allows you to pick your fights and push in good spots instead of making questionable moves because the blinds are catching up to you.

    This is actually what I felt happen today. I can really see the value of trying to get ahead early however you can, even if it means making plays with hands that I might not normally play in those cases in a cash game. Perhaps playing a bit more aggressive in certain situations when people are afraid of making mistakes early on, or alternatively when plenty of people are prepared to re-buy and might play with marginal hands trying to hit something big.

    Unfortunately, the blinds did catch up with me and I shoved in the BB with a pair of 7's, against a KQ off. He actually caught 4 clubs on the runout to hit a flush when I thought the pair might hold up.

    So it goes. It was a good learning experience and I can see things I could have done differently. Fun for sure, nonetheless. I always say that if I don't have fun playing poker then it's time to take a break.

    I feel that I have a ways to go, but I am confident with more study and understanding mixed in with a little more experience in a live setting my game will improve to the point where I will feel better going in.
  • MrFussMrFuss Red Chipper Posts: 81 ✭✭
    Before your next live event you should study some material relating to tells. Thats a big part of the live game that can give you an edge.

    In MTT you will almost always have to win some flips. Glad you had fun :)
  • Dustin BDustin B Red Chipper Posts: 36 ✭✭
    MrFuss wrote: »
    Before your next live event you should study some material relating to tells. Thats a big part of the live game that can give you an edge.

    In MTT you will almost always have to win some flips. Glad you had fun :)

    Thanks for your advice :)

    I will add that to the list...lol. I know I can improve and I aim to do so!
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,280 -
    Dustin B wrote: »
    MrFuss wrote: »
    My general advice is to bet for as much value as you can early and build a stack. You want some room to play aggressive and feel comfortable in 3bet pots without risking a large portion of your stack. This allows you to pick your fights and push in good spots instead of making questionable moves because the blinds are catching up to you.

    This is actually what I felt happen today. I can really see the value of trying to get ahead early however you can, even if it means making plays with hands that I might not normally play in those cases in a cash game. Perhaps playing a bit more aggressive in certain situations when people are afraid of making mistakes early on, or alternatively when plenty of people are prepared to re-buy and might play with marginal hands trying to hit something big.

    My recommendation is to play tighter in the early stages of a MTT than a cash game.

    You may find my series helpful. The article on early play in particular.

    Moderation In Moderation
  • Dustin BDustin B Red Chipper Posts: 36 ✭✭
    TheGameKat wrote: »
    Dustin B wrote: »
    MrFuss wrote: »
    My general advice is to bet for as much value as you can early and build a stack. You want some room to play aggressive and feel comfortable in 3bet pots without risking a large portion of your stack. This allows you to pick your fights and push in good spots instead of making questionable moves because the blinds are catching up to you.

    This is actually what I felt happen today. I can really see the value of trying to get ahead early however you can, even if it means making plays with hands that I might not normally play in those cases in a cash game. Perhaps playing a bit more aggressive in certain situations when people are afraid of making mistakes early on, or alternatively when plenty of people are prepared to re-buy and might play with marginal hands trying to hit something big.

    My recommendation is to play tighter in the early stages of a MTT than a cash game.

    You may find my series helpful. The article on early play in particular.

    Thanks, Kat! It was a good read and certainly gives me quite a bit to think about and re-asess.

    I was actually taking that strategy early on, then got pretty card dead for a while or got squeezed out of somewhat playable hands. By the time level 6 came around I found myself in a spot where I felt if I was involved I was playing for my stack.

    Maybe just a case of several thing not going my way, but the experience really makes me give some thought to some of the things mentioned in your article.

    Thanks again.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,280 -
    Welcome
    Moderation In Moderation
  • MrFussMrFuss Red Chipper Posts: 81 ✭✭
    Nice article Kat. Ill check out the rest of the series.

    This is a much more flushed out version of the main point I was trying to make.
    TheGameKat wrote:
    you’ll also find these tournament players tend to be quite sticky postflop...bluffing in the early levels is hazardous...Just assume it’s 2005 and take value lines. There will be plenty of time for stealing and bluffing once they money is in sight.
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    MrFuss wrote: »
    My general advice is to bet for as much value as you can early and build a stack.


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