Texas Holdem: Poker Tournament Strategy : Countering Table Style Poker Strategy in Texas Holdem


After an orbit or two of the dealer button
in a tournament, say you’re in the second
level or third level, you should have a pretty
good sense of what the general attitude or
player type of your table is. Now sometimes
early in a tournament unfortunately you will
be moved, but most of the time you will be
able to stay at the same table for a few levels.
Let’s say here we’re the dealer. And in front
of us we’ve got an early limper. He’s probably
is slow playing, in my opinion mistakenly,
a big hand. A couple players after him got
someone who raised. And then I’m the dealer.
I look down at my hand and I’ve got king jack
suited. It’s a marginal hand. And as it happens
this table has been playing very tightly.
So, I don’t really care what the two guys
after me have, although they may already have
me dominated. I’m concerned that at a tight
table this person limped early and this person
raised. And even though I’m on the button,
I’m gonna say, you know what, I’m throwing
that away. Let’s take another scenario. Let’s
go ahead and take these cards and fold them.
Say that they’re in the muck because everyone
has folded around to me. I look down, I see
my king jack suited. I’m on the button. After
the flop, I’m gonna be the last to act. And
I’ve already got the information that all
the spots in front of me, two thirds of the
table folded. So, what am I gonna do? I’m
gonna try and take down the blinds and raise
it up three times the big blind. And these
guys, since it’s a generally tight table unless
they have monster hands, they’re gonna look
and they’re gonna fold. They’re gonna look
and they’re gonna fold. And I’m gonna scoop
this pot.

4 thoughts on “Texas Holdem: Poker Tournament Strategy : Countering Table Style Poker Strategy in Texas Holdem

  1. @badcat1324 Its pretty marginal, often dominated in raised pot. And what are you expecting to win big hand against? Nothing, thats why KJ (along with few other hands) is known as donk hand. Im not saying it can't be played well in raised pot, but most ppl doesn't play it well at all.

  2. in first situation on low blind its easy fold, but if u have less then f.e 10 BBs its easy shove

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