Although it is generally true that higher buy-in tournaments attract better players

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Although it is generally true that higher buy-in tournaments attract better players, there are important exceptions, such as how much publicity a tournament gets. An extreme example is the main event of the World Series of Poker, which entices people who ordinarily would not spend more than a few hundred dollars on a poker tournament to put up $10,000 for the opportunity to play with professionals they recognize from TV.

On a smaller scale, poker rooms may publicize a particular tournament through e-mails to their regular players, other advertisements, or a guaranteed prize pool. Smaller buy-in tournaments, called satellites, that award seats to larger tournaments instead of cash, can also soften the field of a larger event by funneling in less experienced players who would not otherwise play at higher stakes.

No Limit Hold ‘Em tournaments are so popular that even the weaker players have had a lot of opportunities to learn and improve. Though tournaments for other poker games can be hard to find, they will often feature players who are much weaker than the worst No Limit players. And because these games are rarely played in a tournament format, even the experts may lack familiarity with tournament theory.






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