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Some Tournament Hands

by Gavin Griffin |  Published: Dec 09, 2015

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It has been a while since I tracked a full session from a tournament, so I decided to do so at the $1,100 buyin tournament that my local casino ran last month. I pulled some interesting ones from the notes to take a look at in this column. Unless otherwise noted, the stacks are roughly the starting stack of 15,000 chips. Hand 1: A local tournament regular makes it 500 at 75-150-25 and I call with J 9 on the button. The flop is 5-4-3 rainbow and he checks. I bet 600, which he calls. The turn is another 5, he checks again, I bet 1,500, and he folds. This isn’t the most interesting hand I played all day, but I think it illustrates a key point in tournaments. Tournaments are about winning chips, not making hands. It’s almost always preferable to win whatever is in the middle in a ...


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