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Head Games: The Keys to Success and the Pitfalls to Avoid as a Tournament Poker Professional

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: May 15, 2013

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The Pros: Paul Volpe, Erika Sands, David “The Maven” Chicotsky, and Blair Rodman Craig Tapscott: What do you believe are the most important keys to being a successful tournament professional? Paul Volpe: The two main things would be practice and bankroll management. In order to play big buy-in events you should have played tons of hands. Lots of online play is usually the answer to getting your fundamentals and skills where they need to be. Another important thing is playing these tourneys with enough money or getting backing if you don’t have the bankroll. I see too many tourney pros playing $10,000 buy-ins with $80,000 to their name. I’m not sure what the exact amount is, but you should probably have about 100 buy-ins for the tourneys you decide to play in. Another thing I would add is work ethic. You have to play a lot to keep your game ...


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