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What to Expect in a Poker Tournament

One of the most important decisions you make as a tournament poker player takes place before you go anywhere near the table. First you need to decide which tournament is right for you, and there is a dizzying array of opportunities to suit all.

Most importantly you should consider the following:

Choose the correct buy-in for your bankroll

In order to play your best poker, you must be in a game in which you feel comfortable. If you play too big or too small, you will not be able to focus on correct strategy. You neither want to be playing with money that you cannot afford, nor with such trifling stakes that you will not pay sufficient attention.

Select the correct game

PokerStars offers tournaments of all sizes and across all poker variants. There are re-buys and freezeouts; turbos and hyper-turbos. Pick the right one for you. The most popular are No Limit Texas Hold'em freezeouts but there are many other forms of tournaments you may prefer.

Make sure you have enough time

The idea of playing poker tournaments is to win them, and in order to do so you need to still be around when the final hand is dealt. This can take some time. Make sure you set aside enough free time to play the tournament, which will mean reviewing similar tournaments in the PokerStars client to find out roughly how long they have taken and cancelling all plans until then.

Watch the video for an overview about tournament selection. Then answer the questions below to test your knowledge.