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The Poker Player’s Manifesto: Tournament Poker Paradigm

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Jan 07, 2015

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I think whoever invented tournament poker was simply playing a trick on the fish to get them to play higher stakes. It worked, brilliantly. Most people spend way too much than they typically should on a poker tournament because it feels like they are not spending that much. Due to the top heavy nature of poker tournament payouts, investing less into a tournament is optimal. I’m comfortable with five percent of my bankroll on the table in a cash game, but I’m starting to get squeamish when a tournament buy-in is two percent of my bankroll. Today we’ll talk about how we as poker players should go about managing our approach to tournament poker. At The World Series of Poker, people get a starting stack of chips equal to three times their buy-in. In a $1,500 no-limit hold’em preliminary event, players start with 4,500 in chips, and in the main ...


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