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Leaving Your Comfort Zone in HTs

Hyperturbo sit-and-go strategy

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Feb 01, 2011


“Nothing about winning poker is natural. It demands many uncomfortable, unnatural actions.” — Dr. Alan Schoonmaker One of tournament poker’s conventional wisdoms is to avoid the chip leader. To a certain extent, it makes sense. You don’t want to confront a player who can bust you in one hand. Also, winning a pot against the chip leader is not as valuable as winning one against a smaller stack, since a given amount of chips has greater value to a short stack than to a large one. On the other hand, that concept is often taken too far. Some players lay down surprisingly big hands to the chip leader, avoiding a confrontation with him at all costs. They do so because it is comfortable to dodge potential elimination. The problem is that they are hurting their chances of reaching the top spots, which should be any serious tournament player’s goal. A ...

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