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  • Advice for Playing in a Live Poker Tournament

    As some of our members may remember I'm heading down to vancouver tomorrow for a brief layover before heading home and am gonna hit the card room to kill some time.

    I haven't played much live poker at casinos, mainly just home games, but was thinking of entering the morning $50 tourney and depending on how that goes maybe playing some cash games later in the day..

    But what I'm asking you is what advice can you give me in preparation of my assault...

    cheers

    aus

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    Austerror, I made this up for a couple of people that were asking in the past, so I figured I'd put this out there for you and anyone else. Good luck in itumbup: John (JWK24) ----------------------------------- The majority of tournies I've played live are casino dailies, with between 30-80 people in them. Check to see how many places they payout. Each place is different. Here are some things to do. 1) Do NOT be nervous. Players will pick up on that pretty easily and I guarantee you will be, especially until you win a pot. You're a good player and you don't need to be nervous, just play your game. 2) It helps to have a card capper.... an item to put on your 2 cards, so they do NOT get mistakenly put into the muck. some sort of larger coin, trinket, etc. That way, if it's always on your 2 cards, there is no argument as to whether you mucked or not. Personally, since I'm originally from Ohio and went to Ohio State, I use a buckeye as my card capper. 3) never look at your cards until it's your turn to act. Observe the others as they look at thiers, to see if any of them have a reaction when they look. Other than a players bet amounts, the most info on a player can be gained here. When it is your turn to act, cover the end of the cards toward you and only flip up the one corner of your cards just enough so that you can see them (use left hand to shield them and use right hand to flip up a corner.... or opposite if you're left handed). Do NOT take the cards off the table and make 100% certain that nobody else can see your cards. ***good idea to practice it for a couple of min before you go if you've never done it this way before*** 4) Use your normal bet sizes that you are used to. Be aggressive when you get into a pot and whenever possible, make sure you show the best hand at showdown (it'll get you table credit live even more than you get in a good tourney online to be showing premium cards... and can set up some steal possiblilties late in a tourney). 5) DO NOT put any chip over the bet line on the table that you do not want to go into the pot. Any chip that is reached over it, whether it hits the table or not IS considered a bet and cannot be taken back. Count the chips out between you and your cards, then move what you want past the bet line. You should keep your chips between you and your cards to make this easier. 6) Most of these you don't have a big starting stack, so within an hour or especially the 2nd hour, everyone will be a short stack (chip leader may be a medium stack if they're lucky). If this is the case, and I'd gladly bet it will be..... when you get toward the bubble, it's not necessarily the amount of BB's you've got in your stack, but how your stack size is in relation to the others and who will bust out first. EX: you may only have 4BB left, but may be 5th stack of 7 left.. when they pay 6. Do whatever you have to (think old PSO skill league style to grind your way with a smaller stack) to get ITM! For this situation, you've got a ton of experience (which the others will NOT have) with squeaking out cashes and this will directly translate to a bubble situation in a tourney like this. Yes, take advantage of opportunities to chip up when you can, but don't take unnecessary chances where you can KO yourself. If you are the big stack at the bubble... abuse the nitty smaller stacks as much as possible until the bubble breaks (but don't ever give up the chip lead by doing it). 7) Just like the skill league games or any other MTT... once you get ITM, go for top 3, as that's where the $$ will increase more. Same exact situation and style of play needed. Once you get past the bubble, get into the top 3, then win it. 8) Best advice I got before playing my first live tourney... It's not to know when to play a hand, it's when to fold one. The more I play, the more and more truth that I see in it!!!
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    • #3
      This topic has been asked several times in our forum. I suggest you browse those using search>advanced search..then plug in "advice for live play," which will bring up some pages. A lot are old, but try different combo's of keywords in your advanced search and you should find some helpful stuff. One thing I always advocate is to not look at your cards until it's your turn to act. It will help you not to give any tells on your holdings, while allowing you to view how others act in their turn and thus, pick up tells. Watch the table closely in the beginning. If you're playing with a lot of loose calling stations, you may have to open up your play just a bit. Be aware of your image. If you are tight and they pick up on that, use it to your advantage to pull off believable bluffs and steals. Most of all, do your best to relax and have fun..that's why you're there. (and of course to drag a few pots.) Best o' luck! umbup:

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      • #4
        Thanks, a lot more there than i expected..

        another quick question though, i have a $1 chip from the MGM that i use as my card capper, is there going to be a problem with using this at another casino?

        and i will do some archive digging for those threads dan..

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        • #5
          Dave, TheLangolier did a video series on beginners at live casino play that can be found here. Good luck.

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          • #6
            Should be no problem with using a $1 chip from another casino as the card capper. Seen many players do that before.
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            • #7
              Have one drink to help relax you and NO more !

              Real drinks I mean

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Darkman61 View Post
                Have one drink to help relax you and NO more !

                Real drinks I mean
                That can work too. It's what I do right before every golf tourney I play in. One and one only to relax me.
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                • #9
                  thanks for all the advice.. ill let u know how i go..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mcrissinger View Post
                    Dave, TheLangolier did a video series on beginners at live casino play that can be found here. Good luck.

                    Is it just me or are these videos not working ?

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                    • #11
                      Wear a hat and sunglasses! Always keep your hands and elbows on the table. Also you might need to learn how to hold your breath for 2 or 3 minutes when you make a lead bet in to the original raiser on the river. And always limp UTG! Or just wear this, that way the regulars at that game can't pick up a tell on you, Good luck at the tablesumbup:

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Austerror View Post
                        Is it just me or are these videos not working ?
                        Hi,

                        They're not working, it has been reported. I thought this was fixed by now but obviously it's not, I'll follow up with the appropriate people.

                        Best of luck in your live game!!!

                        Thanks,
                        Dave
                        Head Live Trainer
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                        • #13
                          I play live nearly every week.....

                          Remember that you will not have so many hands per hour...it goes alot slower than online....so just take it slow........Good Luck and Enjoy

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                          • #14
                            look for physical tells and try not to give any. adrenaline's a b**ch when playing live the first time or two.( try not to jiggle the table when ur leg goes to shakin')
                            May the tinfoil protect you. MT

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                            • #15
                              hey guys thanks for all the advice, as soon as the blog gets approved ill share the link so u can read how i went..

                              here ya go, read all about it:

                              http://www.pokerschoolonline.com/blogs/post/?id=22925
                              Last edited by Austerror; Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:29 AM.

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