The Value of Conscious Patience in Multi-Table Tournament Poker

In order to be a successful multi-table tournament poker player, you must possess a variety of personality traits that enable you to experience a profit in the long run. Because poker is a game with a luck element involved, you simply cannot win every time you sit down to play no matter how skilled you are. The skill you possess will manifest itself as positive profitable results over time if you commit yourself to a disciplined strategy. This disciplined strategy entails a lot of unique elements that are developed by countless hours of study, and ultimately first-hand experience at the tables. In multi-table tournament poker, our ultimate goal is to win the entire tournament, resulting in maximizing our potential for profit. In order to consistently win multi-table poker tournaments, you must commit to a focused disciplined strategy that revolves around patience. Read more of this post

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Multi-Table Poker Tournament End-Game Strategy Part III: The Final Table

Part I: The Money Bubble
Part II: The Final Table Bubble

Reaching the final table of a poker tournament is very exciting. You have outlasted the entire field of players, and now it is down to 9 to play for the big first place prize. As I detailed in the previous articles, the main objective to maximize your profit in tournament poker is to win the entire tournament. The top prize is reserved for first place.

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The MTT Grind

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My Biggest Cashes To Date (click to enlarge)

It has been a fun ride since I started focusing exclusively on multi-table tournaments on LockPoker.com

When Full Tilt was around, the cash games were very juicy, but all the money is now in tournament poker in the online world.

I have played close to 1,200 tournaments since November of 2011, and have netted close to $8,000 in profits.

It took me almost 1,000 tournaments to hit my first big score, which goes to show how much of a grind it can be to play multi-table tournaments profitably. I can definitely say I have become a better player through experience, and that was probably the reason I was able to hit another big upswing 200 tournaments later. Read more of this post

Multi-Table Poker Tournament End-Game Strategy Part I: The Money Bubble

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Poker Tournament and Cash-Game Specialist Patrik Antonius

If you are playing to maximize your potential for profit in multi table tournament poker, you must play for the win.

The biggest prize payout is reserved for first place.

Depending on the size of the player field, the payout difference between finishing 9th and 1st is astronomical in terms of what you spend to buy-in to the tournament. The ROI (return on investment) you receive from winning a large multi table poker tournament can take your poker business to the next level instantly. Read more of this post

My Complete Poker Manifesto, Parts I-XV

Part I: My Poker Story Read more of this post

My Complete Poker Manifesto, Part IX: Tournament Poker Approach

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Mike "The Mouth" Matusow

Part VIII: Cash-Game Approaches

My main focus as of  late has been in tournament poker.

Tournament poker is a completely different animal then its counterpart, cash games.

Being a successful tournament poker player requires the desire and focus in winning THE ENTIRE TOURNAMENT. The biggest cash prize goes to the winner of the tournament barring a final table chop deal.

To maximize your return in your time investment, you have to play for first place. Read more of this post

Traits of Above Average Poker Players

Tom Dwan: The Most Aggressive Poker Player on The Planet

90% of all poker players are long-term losers.

Only 10% of people who play poker are proven to be winners over the long term.

Why is this?

What separates this small percentage of players from the rest?

The answer is simple. They have studied and applied their game more than 90% of their competition.

When I first started playing poker, I belonged in that 90%. I knew how to play the game, and I knew what it took to win, but my wins weren’t sustainable long-term. I knew I would have to study and constantly adjust my game to get better.

It was a long process, but it was well worth the time and I have gained a lot of life lessons from becoming a better poker player.

In order to be a long-term winner, you will need to develop the following traits:

1. An ability to maintain attentional focus for long periods of a time.

2. An understanding of the deeply statistical nature of the game.

3. A sense of confidence and trust in your abilities

and most importantly:

4. A near RECKLESS disdain for money.

Money has no value on the poker table. The game is played with chips.  Whatever money those chips represent doesn’t and shouldn’t have any effect on how you play the game.

If you are concerned with money, you wont be playing poker the right way. You will be playing with scared money and as the saying goes,

“Scared money don’t make no money!”

To be a big long-term winner in poker you must develop a SUPER-AGGRESSIVE playing style, sometimes known as LAG (Loose-Aggressive)

Here is my article on how to develop into a LAG.

Being aggressive doesn’t necessarily mean success. You have to know when to be aggressive, and when to slow down. Against certain opponents, especially ones who can’t fold a hand, being aggressive will lose you money.

Poker is always about adjusting. You need to adjust to each player at the table and your perceived table image.

Being aggressive has a few benefits:

1. You will win more pots where you don’t have the best hand

2. You will make more money in pots that you have the best hand

3. Your opponents won’t be able to accurately deduct your hand-range

If you are playing tight, you opponents will know you have the goods when you bet, and you wont win big pots. You will also not be able to pick up pots where you don’t have the best hand because you won’t be willing to bluff a lot.

That’s the beauty of poker.

You don’t need cards to win.

In fact, cards are somewhat meaningless if you have accurate reads on your opponents and you can figure out what their cards are and they have no idea what you have.

Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad is a young professional poker player that proved this.

In one online tournament of 180 players, she covered her hole cards the entire time. She never once looked at her cards.

Guess what?

She won the entire tournament.

She demonstrated perfectly how important reading abilities are and how unimportant cards are.

Just imagine how good this girl is when she actually looks at her cards.

She built a bankroll from $0 to over $1,000,000 by the time she was 18. She never made a single deposit online. She won a free roll tournament to start her bankroll, then NEVER LOOKED BACK.

Quite amazing if you ask me.

When people argue if poker is gambling, they should consult Annette to see what she has to say about that.

Players like Annette, Phil Ivey, and Tom Dwan are perfect examples of players who EXCEL in the aforementioned 4 traits and love to play super aggressive.

They simply don’t care about money.

If you want to be OUTSTANDING at poker you must STAND OUT from the rest of the competition.

Phil Ivey was once quoted as saying “If I have to bet $300,000 on the river with queen high, I don’t care, I fire the trigger.”

Simply Doesn't Care About Money.

Sickening.

Phil Ivey is basically saying here that he is willing to slide in $300,000 worth of chips (the price of a house for some people) on a complete bluff.

I bet if Phil figures he has a 51% chance to win the hand by betting that much on the river, he will make that wager EVERY SINGLE TIME.

That kind of sickness separates the winners from the losers.

You cannot play passively to win in poker.

You must get in there and gamble, but realize when you need to switch gears.

Good luck at the tables! 🙂

My Most Profitable Session of Online Poker

The Monster Run

Total Tournaments Played: 33

Total Hours Played: 13

Amount Spent to Buy in: $479.39

Total Cashes: 7

Final Tables: 6

Tournament Wins: 2

Total Amount Cashed: $3,148.26

Net Profit: $ 2,668.87

Return on Investment: 556.7220%

This was easily the biggest session I have had online in my tournament career. For the complete story read The $3,000 Guarantee Final Table Takedown.

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