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Chipping Up Through Weak Competition

by Tony Dunst |  Published: Sep 04, 2009


One of the best ways to improve your tournament performances is to practice “chipping up” (building your chip stack) early on in a tournament. With deep stacks and weak players, the early part of a tournament will often provide you the best chance to pick up some dead money from the fish, and set yourself up for a run at the final table. In this column, I’m going to review a key hand that I played in a recent online multitable tournament that helped me chip up and become the tournament chip leader early on. The hallmark of a bad player is his inability to control his emotions and go on tilt (play poorly due to frustration). Whenever you observe someone on tilt, it behooves you to take advantage of his poor play and try to take some of his chips before he donates them to the rest of the ...

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