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5 Tips for Winning Your Next Poker Tournament

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Breaking out the cards and sitting around the poker table is a great way to spend time with your friends and family, all while exercising your strategic skills and building your bluffing expertise! Having a poker tournament can also be a great way to get to know your coworkers better or draw attendees to your charity event. At Casino Knights, Inc., we offer everything you need to make your next event royally fun, including beautiful tables, sophisticated tournament software, and experienced dealers. Here are our top five tips for your next poker tournament so you can sharpen up your card skills and be the champion of your next party!

1. Practice makes perfect.

We have all heard this phrase time and time again, but for good reason. The best way to get better at anything is to practice! If you’re bent on winning your next poker tournament, you can “train” for this event by playing as many games as you can, either at home with close friends or online. These matches will help you rehearse for the big day and learn new tactics.

2. Study up on the rules.

When we host your next Texas Hold’em night, our Tournament Director will thoroughly explain the rules of the game so you and your guests know exactly what to do. However, if you’d like to get an upper leg on your competition, you should study the mechanics of the game in advance. This will help you feel more comfortable at the table and give you an opportunity to develop your approach to the game!

3. Dress for success.

Poker is as much about psychology as it is strategy. Finding an outfit you love could help boost your confidence so you can play the winning hand. You might even break out your lucky socks to give you an extra advantage at tournament time. While wearing fancy clothes might seem like a silly strategy, poker expert Larry “Mr. Chips” Chiapelli actually discusses it in his book on the topic: “Believe it or not, how people dress truly does affect any game of poker…Does that beautiful woman, dressed in a gorgeous outfit, affect your poker game? By wearing that ‘special’ outfit, perhaps her intention is to distract her opponents…Sometimes people dress uncomfortably and their game will suffer because of it.” Wearing attractive, comfortable clothes can help you feel at your best so you can both wow your guests and win your chips!

4. Know the three phases of poker games.

To be successful in a tournament, you’ve got to vary your tactics a bit. In his article “The Secret to Winning Poker Tournaments – It’s All About Timing,” Jonathan Gelling breaks the game down into three stages: early, mid, and late. He advises taking a particular approach to each. In the early game, he suggests either taking a very conservative or very aggressive style. In the mid game, he recommends watching your opponents and taking the risks they’re too afraid to. Finally, in the late game, he argues that players should gamble on medium-sized stacks to maintain and grow their chips without losing them all.

5. Don’t focus on flushes.

One of the most common mistakes new poker players make is directing all of their energy into flushes. Casino Gambling Expert Bill Burton breaks down the numbers on why this strategy doesn’t pay: “You will be dealt two suited cards about 23 percent of the time. You will only make a flush about 5.77  [percent]. Simply put, for every time you play two suited cards, you will only make your flush about once in 16 tries. If you play low suited cards, you still have to worry about a bigger flush beating you.” Switching up your strategy can allow you to win out with less popular hands.

Up the Ante At Your Next Party

Now that you’ve got these tips under your belt, it’s time to plan for your next poker tournament. Casino Knights, Inc. offers Texas Hold’em Tournament Packages in Austin and all over Texas, giving you everything you need to make your next shindig a success! Contact us today to learn more about our services or book us for your event.

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