There’s nothing worse than watching your tournament stack dwindle down despite the fact you haven’t played many hands.
But why is this happening? Perhaps you’re playing too tight, leaking chips while only waiting for premium hands. Perhaps you’re playing too loose, punting off your stack in pots you shouldn’t have been in in the first place.
Instead, you should try to be proactive. That’s just one of the things PokerStars School can help you with in this week’s update.
- 4 tips for being proactive in poker tournaments
- How to take notes effectively
- How to crush from the small blind
- More from PokerStars School
4 tips for being proactive in poker tournaments
So, what does it mean to be proactive in a poker tournament?
As Dave Roemer writes: “A proactive tournament player will find ways to accumulate chips without premium holdings.”
In this article, Roemer outlines a few ways you can start being more proactive in your own tournament play, from isolating weak players to identifying over-folders.
How to take notes effectively
Remember the scene in Rounders when Mike McDermott picks up his live read on Teddy KGB and uses it against him to win a huge pot?
What McDermott essentially did is take a note on KGB, just like Twitch streamers like Lex Veldhuis do online every single session they play.
We covered the importance of note-taking in online poker last year in our article: Mike McD, KGB, and the Oreo cookie: Why you should always tag players and make notes.
But how can you make your note-taking more effective in-game?
That’s what Pete Clarke has covered this week.
How to crush from the small blind
The small blind is arguably the worst seat at the poker table. You’re forced to put money in, you’re guaranteed to be out of position post-flop, and you don’t even get to close the action pre-flop.
But as Pete Clarke writes: “With some fixes to your game, you can stop leaking chips and even turn on the offensive.”
More from PokerStars School:
- How to exploit overly aggressive players
- Top 3 misused poker phrases
- How to rewire your brain for poker
- How to play low boards in 3-bet pots
- When to set the trap in cash games
- 10 poker strategy ideas all beginners should know
- When to pull the trigger on big bluffs
- Four Beginner Tournament Mistakes to Avoid
- 4 bad reasons for playing a poker session
- 4 bad reasons for checking your hand
- 3 common poker study pitfalls to avoid
- The 3 steps to pulling off a big fold
- 4 online poker reads you can make on your opponents
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