Tournament is a single unit game whereas in case of ring games each hand is a unit. When you are playing ring games, you have to play hands in holistic fashion. You can also quit the ring game after any hand. Action of tournaments is beyond single hand unit. In case of ring game basic unit is hand where basic unit of any tournament is tournament itself.
I was watching No Limit online tournament recently. John and Mary were playing against each other. John’s is a player that knows how to win texas holdem but his reaction was quite predictable but Mary was behaving badly. During tournament, Mary was playing each hand as an individual unit. In case of ring games, individual hand matters. This is not the case with tournaments. For No Limit tournaments, there is no significance of individual hand at all. If you are losing ten hands consistently then you may win at the eleventh unit. John was already stable and clam but Mary has to improve his reaction and she has to wait for right time to win the tournament.
Every time when John was on the button, it was quite predictable that he would never play the hand for less than AA. Now Mary has to raise the minimum hand to win. According to Mary, John was stealing her ideas without looking at his own hand. But bluff is common in case of any gambling game. Opponents should prepare themselves in advance and it can be don’t by regular practice only.
It does not matter either John is playing tricks or not. We are just concerned to tournament as a whole. When you are playing tournaments, you will observe a big picture in front of you. The picture is missing in case of ring games. In ring game, you have to set your future expectations. However, every hand played at ring game has its own significance. In case of tournaments, you have to focus on last hand only to win big cash prize. Just forget about all the hands that you have played in between.
In case, your opponent is playing in a predictable way then don’t forget to analyze his reactions very well. It will help you to make your own strategies against the predictable player. You should happily accept his hands then play your hand accordingly. If you are able to beat your opponents then it is quite obvious that you have won the tournament. Tournaments are held weekly, monthly, or yearly. But you can win bracelets or big cash prize in the tournament.
Every time you are going to participate in any tournament and this includes playing in one of the NETeller Poker Sites, you have to spend a lot on travel. If you don’t want to visit any crowded place then you can enjoy poker tournaments online also. In this case, it not only saves your time but also your valuable money. When you are playing tournament, winning hands should not be your goal. Your objective is to win the tournament with right strategy and right technique.
Few people just focus on hands and they completely forget about tournament. Don’t maximize your potential in hands. Try to maximize your potential in tournament.