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Tips on how to survive a big tournament field

Tips on how to survive a big tournament field

The Sunday Storm is a tricky beast. It has one of the biggest weekly fields in the tournament world and attracts an interesting mix of all kind of players. If you are playing the Storm for the first time (or have played it before without the success you were hoping for) here are some tips that might help:

1. Be careful to not overplay your hands early on! .

The structure of the Sunday Storm is pretty deep at the start which means you have to be more careful about going broke with medium strength hands early on, and even be capable of folding strong hands preflop that you might be happy to be all-in with a little later in the tournament.

The deep structure also means that for the first hour hands such as suited connectors and small pocket pairs that can hit huge flops are more appealing to play as you can win a lot more when you hit a really good flop. .

2. Don't play scared on the bubble.


A minimum cash will be important too much of the field, especially players who might have won their way into the tournament via a satellite for a small buy-in or FPPs. For this exact reason a lot of the more experienced players will really up their aggression as the money bubble approaches in order to pick up easy chips.

Cashing is nice, but the big money is at the final table. So don't be afraid to play back and take a stand, even though it could mean going out before the money.

 3. It's a marathon, not a sprint!


It's a long tournament, often lasting over 10 hours. So don't become reckless or discouraged just because your stack gets short or you lose a big pot. Most of the people who win a tournament that lasts that long are short-stacked at some point in the event. When I won EPT Copenhagen I had a hand go terribly wrong with 40 players left and was left with just 2 big blinds! But through the right combination of patience and luck I managed to run it back up to an average stack and eventually I had all the chips. Don't use a shortstack as an excuse to play poorly and lose focus! 

Good luck this week, and may your missions be successful!