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How To Win Early Stages of Online Poker Tournaments

The Definitive Guide to Poker Tournament Strategy

In this video, Alec Torelli covers online poker tournament strategy. In part one of the series, you will learn how to play early stages of online poker tournaments.

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One of the questions people ask the most is “How do you play early stages of online poker MTT. Alec explains how to adjust and appropriate strategies.


MTT Poker Tournament Strategy

The Definitive Guide to Poker Tournament Strategy

1. Measuring Success in Tournaments
2. Variance in Tournament Poker
3. Rake in Tournament Poker
4. Basic Poker Tournament Strategy
5. Intermediate Poker Tournament Strategy
6. Advanced Poker Tournament Strategy
7. Expert Poker Tournament Strategy

In tournament poker, it’s important to understand, fundamentally, that each chip is not worth the face value that it represents. The easiest way to conceptualize this is to think about what happens if you win. You may win all the chips in play, but you only receive roughly 20% of the total price pool. This phenomenon gives us insight into how we should be approaching tournaments to formulate our strategy.

The most important principle to understand in tournament poker is the idea that each chip is worth less than the previous one. In the real world, this is referred to as diminishing marginal return (DMR).

What does this mean for your game plan?

Well it means that when you’re a big stack (with 120 big blinds, while the field’s average stack is 50 big blinds) you should be extremely aggressive, since the additional blinds don’t increase the real-dollar-value of your stack, as much as the original ones.

In other words, you should be looking for good spots to apply pressure with 30-50 of your big blinds, attempting to gain more.

When you’re a middle stack, you should aim to pick on smaller stacks, who you can threaten to bust if they get involved with you. You should, simultaneously, stay away from larger stacks that can threaten your tournament life.

As a short stack, you are at risk of being knocked out by nearly everyone at your table; consequently, you should look for good spots to go all-in, ideally when you have some fold equity. A classic example is what’s called, restealing: shoving over a loose opener.



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10 thoughts on “How To Win Early Stages of Online Poker Tournaments | Playing Early Stages Online Poker Tournaments

  1. U have cashed like 23 tournys live since 2006 cash game stuff not tourny..I'm half way amateur..deff not pro like u and I've done enough studying to know ots always bet on turn

  2. you have the ability to explain all these concepts in such a simple way, another great video Alec!

  3. I've always viewed the early stages of a MTT as a chance to 1. chip up off the fish and 2. take chips away from stronger players by trapping. The fewer chips a good player has, the fewer moves they are able to do. I want to make them feel like all-in is the only option left. While it is true that chips gained early are not worth much, however, every chip I can take away from a strong player makes their remaining chip stack less powerful.

    To me, trapping early in a tournament is something that helps me in the later stages. It provides information to players that I can use to my advantage. It makes my bluffs more believable. That allows me to survive the middle stages and grow my stack so I can play the late stages confidently. Also, most of the people I trapped early would not be on the final table and that gives me one more hidden weapon to take advantage of the table.

  4. Hey Alec I have a dilemma. You must to be a genius to be a pro poker player or it's all about hard working?

  5. So funny that last night was watching an old video of you and Tong g playing a cash game. Was quality and entertaining. Then today I search multi table tips and you popped up. Great video thank you.

  6. Started play tourneys more than cash games lately. I enjoy the pace more and there’s less sharks than cash games

  7. Flopping a straight isn’t a good example for early strategy. What if you are card dead for 2 levels?

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