Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What to look for in a Poker Tournament.

If you are playing poker, it is likely to make a profit. There are a few things to look for in a poker tournament that will increase your chances of turning a profit that game. The first thing you must look at is the prize pool. The price pool will determine how much money is divided between the players that get far enough in the tournament to qualify for it. The bigger the buy-in and the more players there are, the bigger the prize pool will be. On many of the popular poker sites, and live poker tournaments there are guaranteed prize pool. Meaning that no matter how many people enter the tournament it will at least match the guaranteed amount. If you find a poker tournament with a guarantee and not many players entered, it is best to sign up for it. This is because you will still be guaranteed a shot at the inflated prize pool, but there won't be as many people competing against you for it.

Another thing to look out for in a poker tournament is the general skill level of the players involved. Even seasoned players will want to pick a tournament with the most amount of low skilled players in it. The easiest way to do this is to look up the statistics of some of the players involved in the tournament, there are many sites that do this for you. This is known as finding a "soft" game in the poker world. It is also known as "table selection" because instead of joining any game that seems appealing to you, you find the game that you have the best chance of winning in.

The third and final thing to look at when joining a poker tournament is the game type itself. Texas Holdem is the best game to join if you are interested in the largest prize pools. This is because Holdem is the most widely played form of poker, it is also the poker game with the most new players. With the amount of new players with little knowledge of the game, it is very easy to take advantage of them and win more money. It is best to stay away from other types of poker games until you have mastered Texas Holdem and you are a consistently winning player. By doing a few simple extra steps in your searches for poker tournaments you can greatly increase your profitability in any game that you play.

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