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Anonymous asked in Games & RecreationGambling · 1 decade ago

my first live poker tornament any advice?

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  • ZCT
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Read all of Dan Harrington's books; Harrington on Hold'em (vol 1-3).

    If you don't have time to do that here are my tips:

    In most tournaments there are going to be a lot of fish. Don't be intimidated. There are plenty of other players who are inexperienced just like you.

    For the most part a tournament is a marathon, not a sprint. You don't need to act desperate in the first few blind levels. Generally you will have a pretty big stack compared to the blinds (a high 'M'). You don't have to get crazy trying to double up. Be prepared to sit back, relax and fold. Play premium hands. You are not Gus Hansen nor are you Daniel Negreanu. You are not good enough to play 75% of hands and get away from tricky situations later on.

    Do not risk all your chips unless you really have to. Remember when you see tournaments on TV all that all in action is caused by huge blinds and antes forcing players to get a little crazy. The early stages of a tournament are not like that.

    If in doubt fold.

    Consider wearing sunglasses to hide your eyes, but only if you are completely comfortable with them. Don't buy a set of dark Oakleys and then get into trouble because you cannot see the board cards. I personally like Tag Heuer as they make very light lenses that don't obscure your vision. Don't wear red or brown colored lenses or the red cards will be hard to see.

    Always put a chip on your hole cards so that the dealer does not accidentally muck them.

    Don't wear an iPod. You will miss some of what is going on. Only top pros should ever wear an iPod.

    Look at your cards when it is your turn to act. Not before. Watch all the action before it gets to you. Don't call a raise and reraise unless you have a monster, in which case you should probably be raising.

    If your hand is only good enough to call, maybe you should fold. Don't look for excuses to play weak hands.

    Unless you have an amazing hand, do not play in the first three positions. Play tight in early position, loosen up in late position.

    That's all I have for now. Good luck, it's a lot of fun.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Before you sit in a poker game...estimate how much you are prepaired to lose and never how much you're prepaired to win. If you are playing a serious game with serious players....dont try to over bluff a player if he puts in the same amount as yourself in the ante and then raises it to a greater amount. Stack your hand because he could have a better one. The moral of my advice is"Never play amongst friends",you lose more friends than you will gain.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Go on to one of the big online companies like PartyPoker or 888.com - they have free practice tables. Practice on these before you risk any money.There are always sharks looking to fleece unwary beginners on real tables. On a real table if you can't figure out who the punter is (in the first few minutes) - it's YOU ! Always set a limit to gamble with and stick to it no matter what.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I was soo scared the first time I played live. There's some good tips on www.directoryofonlinepoker.com, in their 'playing live for the first time' article (down the right hand index - near the bottom).

    Good luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    play with patients..and keep yourself composed through the whole tourny,if u smile then smile ,if u act like a bit stay that way.

    I lost a big mathch cause every time i had a solid hand my neck blood vessels would expand.....I where turtle necks now.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I really really really love poker. Read a poker book. Good Luck !!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Make sure you are confident, but not too confident, watch the other players eyes, but don't look at them directly, and most importantly go to the bathroom before you sit down at the table.

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  • 1 decade ago

    try online first numerous sites offer free rolls, odds calculators, poker rules, strategies and more such as oceanbreezepoker.com, pacific poker etc

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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  • 1 decade ago

    Well I don't have much more to say ZCT give you good advice.

    You can log on my site, for tips and advices.

    Take care

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