Poker tournaments are the most intense contests. Success in poker tourneys requires a blend of skill, strategy and good fortune. Find out how to boost your winning chances.

Poker tournament play is about so much more than the luck of the draw!

doyle2Doyle Brunson said it best with the following words:

In order to be a successful gambler you have to have a complete disregard for money.

And that’s pretty difficult to do when everyone is on a tight budget. Fortunately, poker tournaments are a different kettle of fish. You buy in for a fixed amount and you receive your chips. You use those chips to bulldoze your way over other players in anticipation of winning the pot. Of course, rebuys are possible in certain poker tournaments, but let’s stick with fixed chip stacks in poker tournaments.

Poker tournaments are grueling contests. You are going head-to-head against a pool of players – card sharks, novices and legends in the making. There are plenty of fish in the proverbial sea, and it’s your job to reel them in, hook, line and sinker. Most everyone you talk to about how to improve your poker skills will reference playing time under real tournament conditions as your greatest teacher.

So, how do you implement effective playing strategies as a poker player?

1.     Manage your stack effectively

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll repeat it again: Manage your chip stack. Think about what it means to play in a poker tournament. You buy in with a fixed amount and you receive a fixed amount of poker chips. Once you have run down that stack, that’s it – it’s game over. It’s so important to be judicious about the bets that you place, the raises you make and the hands that you play. Cash game strategy is dramatically different to poker tournament strategy. With cash games, you can keep buying in until you decide to call it quits. Watch out for the blind structure in poker tournaments. As you advance through the contest, you will notice that the blinds increase dramatically. If you don’t have enough firepower in your stack, you are going to bust out pretty quickly.

2.     Don’t spend all your money at once

This one is a corollary to point 1 above. Poker is all about playing smart. And it all begins with careful money management. Consider the following analogy: You’ve saved up a bundle and you’re going on vacation. When you arrive, you have a fat wad of cash to do with as you please, but by the end of your vacation you’ve probably whittled down that cash to nothing, or you’re using credit cards to pay for things. Now, in a poker tournament you don’t want to be throwing around too many chips in the beginning. Remember the blind structure. In the early stages of the tournament, blinds are really low and your chip stack is really big. As you advance to higher levels, everything flips around. Let everyone else throw all their money around while you wait in the wings and carefully move through to the next stages in the poker tournament.

3.     Play tight – don’t cave in to pressure

Okay so this one is pretty difficult for novices to stick to. When you are eager to hit the ground running, you are also prone to playing too many hands. Wise poker players know that your best bet is to hold off on playing anything other than premium starting hands. You want to keep your stack nice and healthy in the early stages so that you have heavy firepower in the latter stages of the tournament. Grind your way through to the final table and then unleash fury on your opponents. If you observe what other players are doing, you will learn from their mistakes. Don’t be the one who everybody else uses as an example of how not to play!

4.     Remember: every bubble bursts

What does this mean? You know that feeling of anticipation you get just before victory is imminent. It’s exhilarating, electrifying and adrenaline-loaded. But, caution is the order of the day. If your stack is running low, you don’t want to let a surge of euphoria wipe you out of the tournament. In poker tournaments, longevity pays dividends. The longer you can stay in the contest and finish in a paying position, the better for you. Let everyone else crash and burn while you rise in the rankings and collect a handsome paycheck for your efforts.

5.     Rock ‘n’ rumble in the heads up stage

If you’ve ever been in a heads up stage of a poker tournament, you know what time it is. It’s time to rock ‘n’ rumble. Now is when you have to play at your best. Heads up contests require intense preparation. Always go into a heads up situation with the requisite knowledge you need to succeed. The pressure is going to build exponentially, and you must know exactly which hands stand a chance of bringing home the bacon.

Like so many of you, at 2:41 am election night I let out the most tremendous sigh of relief.  As a libertarian, I am greatly relieved that Hillary Clinton lost the election.   Coming after eight years of the radical and fundamental transformation instituted by President Obama there would have been very little left of our Constitutional Republic.   President Hillary would have continued governing by imperial edict, just like President Obama, and the spineless Republicans in both houses of congress would have continued to nothing except whine.  Like everyone else that understands and respects the Constitution, what scared me the most was the fact President Clinton would have had the opportunity to nominate two or three Supreme Court Justices,   I don’t want to freak you out too much but it was rumored that Hillary Clinton was considering appointing President Obama.  It is abundantly clear that whoever she would have appointed it would have been a radical leftist like herself.    Religious freedom, the right to bear arms, and free speech would have been severely curtailed.

I did not celebrate President Donald Trump’s victory.  I am cautiously optimistic that he might possibly be an OK president.  He is a big government type.  A lot of his positions are more closely aligned with those of Democrats, although not radical socialist Democrats like President Obama and Hillary Clinton.  During the campaign he promised to govern more like a conservative and promised to nominate strict constructionalists to the Supreme Court.  Even if he does not carry through on all of his promises he still will be infinitely better than President Clinton would have been.

Both the Republican and Democrat parties were major losers during this election.  They both nominated such abysmal candidates.  Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson warned about the dangers of a two party system.   We should have listened. We the people need to scrap the two major parties.  They have a complete stranglehold and the entire political process and both are corrupt to the core.  It will be a long difficult process but it is necessary.  Unfortunately the Libertarian Party also produced an abysmal nominee this election.

The mainstream media really out did themselves this election when it comes to liberal media bias.  They actively became an extension of the Clinton campaign.  Unfortunately far too many people rely on them exclusively for their news.  That locker room chat video came way too close to being the deciding factor for this election.  This problem needs solution before the next presidential election.

We also need to break the liberal stranglehold on higher education.  Colleges are training a generation of social justice warriors who believe socialism is superior to free market capitalism.  They also believe that the Constitution and our founding principles are garbage because the founding fathers were nothing but while, slave holding racists.

Defeating Hillary Clinton was an emergency stop gap measure to prevent the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.  Restoring our Constitutional Republic will take decades of hard work.  More on that in future articles.

Breaking news!

In brief, President elect Trump headed to the 21 Club for dinner after his spokeswoman “had told his press pool the day had ended”.

It got 4.5 minutes in the evening news, and NBC hath a fury like a newsman scorned,

With his Tuesday night actions, the Trump Administration is shaping up to be the least accessible to the public and the press in modern history.

Rachel Maddow thinks that going out to dinner with your family at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan (four blocks from Trump’s home) is “going dark“, police barricades included.

Excuse me for a moment, but,

I haven’t laughed this hard since last Saturday girls’ night out with my sister and sister-in-law.

Laugh, and the whole world laughs with you,

The same media which said nothing against Obamacare being pushed through without the Republicans, the same media who doesn’t report who Obama is playing  golf with, the same media that has kept silent for years on the Clinton Crime Family™ . . . I can go on and on,  but I simply can’t stop laughing.

faustaFausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Back when Donald Trump announced his run for the presidency I wrote a post titled: We Take Donald Trump Lightly at our Peril and Cruz supprter that I was noted that Donald Trump had one advantage that other candidates not named Hillary Clinton did not:

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2.9 MILLION. He has more people following him on twitter than all the candidates above combined except Rubio & Paul and easily has more than double of the two of them combined.

And explained what that meant

It means his campaign can get an unfiltered message out to nearly 3 million people instantly, without worrying about what the media will say. In one tweet his words will reach almost as many people as CNN, MSNBC & Fox draw in primetime COMBINED.

This proved vital because one of the primary advantages the MSM provides to the left is the ability to control the narrative and define their foes. Trump’s fame meant he was already defined and his large Twitter following meant that he could control his own narrative

18 months latter the whole “control the narrative” business has gotten harder to wit

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So problem: How does the MSM go after Trump when he is in even a better position to bypass them.

Answer Stephen Bannon:

Stephen Bannon, formally of Breitbart news is not a social media giant. Not only does he have under 20K followers, he hasn’t bothered to tweet in over two years.

And while under his leadership Breitbart News has expanded to the point where we have Breitbart Texas, Breitbart London, Breitbart Jerusalem, Breitbart California giving them a huge reach in terms of stories the MSM has studiously ignored, downplayed or dismissed any story from Breitbart News and irrelevant, treating Breitbart news much like they did Andrew Breitbart himself.

This means these stats notwithstanding

Stephen Bannon is completely and utterly definable by the MSM in a way that Donald Trump is not.

Thus we can expect the full court press on Bannon for as long as possible. He will be hounded, derided and attacked as a way to go after Donald Trump, and this will continue even if the president elect uses his direct line to the American people to stand by him and call out the MSM for the liars they are. (Which he should do immediately). It’s classic alinsky, personalize and attack, if they can’t get Trump, go after Bannon in the hopes that enough heat scares the GOP to try to get them to nudge him out.

On the bright side, Bannon is experienced enough in terms of how the press works and the president elect is experienced enough in media to see this for what it is and not let it get him off track. He’s not going to panic, the only question is will GOP members in congress learn from that example or let themselves be played by the MSM confirming the label “the stupid party” that they earned.

Closing thought: As a person who knew and liked Andrew Breitbart as I do Stephen Bannon I find the sudden faux respect for Andrew Breitbart that the left is proclaiming in their attacks on him (the whole “Andrew would be turning in his grave” business) only slightly less offensive than the false attacks on him. It demonstrates that the fastest way or a conservative to gain the respect of the MSM is to die.


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