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Game Selection for Tournament Players
The televising of high-profile poker tournaments has led to an explosion in the number of tournaments offered by internet and brick-and-mortar card rooms. There are now thousands to choose from on any given day, but not all are created equal. This article will assist players in deciding which tournaments to enter by examining the factors that affect the enjoyability and profitability of the experience.
Determining which to play requires identifying why you are interested in tournaments in the first place. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to assume three categories that should speak to most tournament players: Amateur- The amateur plays primarily for fun, though obviously winning is more fun than losing. He may be a winning player, but he is in no way financially dependent on his profits at the table, and often he does not have a dedicated poker bankroll. Tournaments appeal to amateurs, as they are played for a fixed buy-in but offer a lot of excitement and a shot at a large prize.
Ring Game Professional- This player relies on poker as a source of income, whether or not it is his sole source, and he plays primarily ring games. He might play tournaments for a break from his routine, to take a shot at a big score, or to take advantage of opportunities to play higher stakes with relatively inexperienced players.
Tournament Professional- Whether pro or semi-pro, this player competes regularly in poker tournaments and derives substantial income from the game. He keeps a poker bankroll separate from his other finances, and while he may play ring games occasionally, tournaments are his bread and butter.