With SCOOP 2019 complete, it’s time to get back to the daily grind. Whatever your game of choice, you can make a good start with the help of some new content from PokerStars School.
• How to avoid common MTT mistakes
• Hold your own heads-up with aggressive opponents
• Learn to play strong poker without the initiative
Avoid these 10 common MTT mistakes
Plenty of poker players exhibit the potential to perform well in multi-table tournaments, yet they never seem to break through and enjoy consistent success. In most of those cases the cause is easy to identify: they’re far too restless when they sit down to play.
“Being a successful MTT player requires the resilience of a cockroach and the patience of a monk,” writes Pete Clarke. “It is like knocking on a hundred doors until one finally opens. As big cashes come around fairly rarely, particularly in events with large fields, it can at times feel a bit like playing the lottery for hours on end. The natural reaction to this is a restless discomfort that causes the player to try to force his way to that massive stack.”
Clarke walks you through nine more of the most common MTT player mistakes, including burnout, fear of not cashing, poor risk selection, and failure to steal often enough. Read the full list, begin avoiding these common errors, and watch your results improve over the long term.
Hold your own against aggressive heads-up opponents
Heads-up poker is always tough against an aggressive opponent. But not all aggressive opponents play the same. Luckily for you, OP Poker’s James Mackenzie is here to help.
Over the course of 45 minutes in the two latest videos in his “Heads Up Poker” series, Mackenzie adapts his strategies to his opponents’ approach.
First he plays a $3.50 heads-up sit & go tournament, where he encounters a fast-aggressive opponent. Then he steps up to $7 level, where he says you’ll commonly run into strong amateur players and the occasional semi-pro, and takes on a tight-aggressive opponent. It’s a great chance to learn from watching a strong heads-up player in real-world situations.
Playing strong poker whatever your position
“Let’s face it, when we first start out in poker, it is no fun to play the role of the defender,” writes Pete Clarke. Calling a pre-flop raise or re-raise can make things get uncomfortable fast. Situations like these are known as playing “without the initiative.”
Playing without the initiative doesn’t have to be overly complicated, though. Learning the basics of when to check, when to bet, and when to lie in wait with a check-raise is as easy as clicking through to Clarke’s latest poker strategy article.
It’s always good to see theory put into practice, which makes the latest video from OP Poker’s Nick Walsh a perfect complement to Clarke’s article. When the situation calls for it, a check-raise can be a potent weapon to boost your profits. Walsh delves into the theory of when and why to check-raise in this nine-minute video.
With Clarke’s and Walsh’s advice in mind, you’ll find it a lot easier to know what to do when your opponent has the initiative.
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