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Head Games: Strategies for the Early Stages of Multitable Tournaments

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Nov 12, 2010


The Pros: Phil Laak, Alex “AJKHossier1” Kamberis, Corwin “[vital]Myth” Cole Craig Tapscott: How do you approach the early stages of a deep-stack multitable tournament, live or online?  Phil Laak: Tight is right. In the early stages, the only time that I’m going to put my whole stack in is when I pretty much have the nuts. Usually, it’s the funny nuts, like when I have 8-5 and the flop comes 8-8-5 or 7-6-4. Also, when the antes kick in, you want people to perceive you as a nut peddler; that’s pretty much your dream scenario. Also, never advertise; never show your bluffs, ever. It’s 2010, and no one is folding anymore. So, your bluff ratio should be smaller. If you don’t play a hand in the early stages, your chip stack will barely change. You will not bust out. I look at the early stages as an opportunity to trick ...

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