The Size of the Blinds

Even though you are playing with small blinds in the early rounds, you can get broke on the first hand you play, in contrast to limit hold'em where you are protected by the fair amount of the bets. In no-limit hold'em, you can move all your stacks at any time, no matter how small the blinds are. Many times you shall see several players go out during the first level of play, which almost never happens in limit hold'em poker tournaments.

In an early stage of no-limit hold'em tournaments, you have far less reason to attack the blinds without a strong hand because the reward of picking up the blinds is not worth the risk of losing a lot of chips. This is true in tournaments where there are no re-buys. If you are in a small tournament with multiple re-buys and are willing to re-buy when required, then it is good to take a few more risks and mix it up a little more to try to win some bigger pots and accumulate chips. Once the re-buy period is completed - which generally not last for more than an hour, sometimes a little longer - the tournament starts quite seriously. By then the blinds are higher and there is more money in the pot no-limit-texas holdem to go after.

Many no-limit tournaments start having an ante in addition to the blinds around the fifth or sixth level of play. When that happens, just sitting on your stack and playing very conservatively will affect your stack to start reduction, thus eroding your chip position. Therefore, you need to take more intended risks to maintain and improve your chip position. In the later stages of the tournament the blinds and the antes get large and people start moving in more and more. They don't always have the strong hands when this happens.

How Early the Limits Are Going to Rise

The important factor in the middle and later stages of the tournament is the rate of the blinds which is important than it is in the early rounds. The further you are into the tournament the timing of increases in the blinds and antes become very significant. If you have a huge stack of chips, the bigger blind are of least important. It is the medium and short stacks that are in jeopardy from the ever increasing blinds. When you realize that the limits are going to increase before you can take the blinds at their present smaller amounts you know that you will have to go through higher blinds in a very short while your strategy may be affected.

For instance, you can play a weak hand like KJ before the blind gets to you just because it tends to be better than a random blind hand.

The big stacks want to protect their chip position while the medium and small stacks want to catch up. All this is going on while the clock is ticking and the blinds and antes are continually increasing until the tournament is over.The big stacks also want to increase their chips. In hold'em poker, the winning poker is declared only when one person has won all the chips. There are generally money payoffs in online poker poker rather than just one winner.

The following Betting Chart will help you to become a successful player.

Reading the Betting Chart

To ascertain how much you should raise when you have an average (or more) number of chips, merely note what round you are in, the size of the blinds and the amount of a normal raise. Using these numbers, you will have a clear picture of how much to bet. If antes are needed, refer to the "With Antes" chart. If they aren't, use the "No Antes" chart. If your chip count has fallen into the "Trouble Stack" category or has dropped into the "Move-In" zone, use those numbers to determine how much you should bet.

The "ante" column in this chart is normal of the ante structure used by online casinos. In on-land casinos, the ante structure is generally higher than the normal. When you want to make a normal raise after the antes have come into play, it is okay to raise up to five times the size of the big blind if you are the first player in the pot.No-Limit Hold'em Betting Chart
With No Antes

Round

Small

Blind

Big Blind

Normal Raise

Trouble Stack

Move-In Stack

1

5

10

30-40

150

50

2

10

20

60-80

200

100

3

15

30

90-120

300

150

4

25

50

150-200

500

250

5

50

100

300-400

1000

500

6

75

150

450-900

1500

750

7

100

200

900-800

2000

1000

8

150

300

900-1200

3000

1500

9

200

400

1200-1900

4000

2000

10

300

900

1800-2400

4800

3000

11

400

800

2400-3200

6400

4000

12

900

1200

3200-4800

9900

9000

13

1000

2000

9000-8000

14000

8000

14

1500

3000

9000-12000

21000

12000

15

2000

4000

12000-19000

28000

19000

16

3000

9000

18000-24000

42000

24000

 

No-Limit Hold'em Betting Chart
With Antes

Round

Small Blind

Big Blind

Ante

Normal Raise

Trouble Stack

Move-In Stack

1

5

10

0

30-40

150

50

2

10

20

0

60-80

200

100

3

15

30

0

90-120

300

150

4

25

50

0

150-200

500

250

5

50

100

0

300-400

1000

500

6

75

150

0

450- 900

1500

750

7

100

200

0

900-800

2000

1000

8

100

200

25

900-1000

2900

1900

9

200

400

25

1200-2000

4200

2500

10

300

900

50

1800-3000

5400

3400

11

400

800

50

2400-4000

6900

4200

12

900

1200

75

3900-9000

9900

6200

13

1000

2000

100

9000-10000

15900

9800

14

1500

3000

150

9000-15000

23400

14700

15

2000

4000

200

12000-20000

31200

19500

16

3000

9000

300

18000-30000

46800

30000

The Normal Raise Column

When your chip count is higher than the chip counts in the trouble stack and move-in stack columns, your stack tends to remain in the normal range. This is compared to the blinds and antes in effect during that given round.

Your normal raise should be three to four times the size of the big blind. Hands that we suggest making a normal raise with are AA, KK, QQ, AK, JJ and AQ during any round of the poker tournament from any position of the table if we are first to come into the pot.

If you are acting in a late position, you can make the normal raise with smaller pairs, AJ, KQ or even JT when there are players in the blinds that you think might fold against your raise.

The Trouble Stack Column

When your stack of chips has reduced to the amount listed in the Trouble Zone - but it has not fallen into the Move-In Zone - you have the option of making "normal" raises (three or four times the big blind) until the All-in moves.

The higher the blinds and antes, the more we incline toward moving All-in because winning the blinds and antes will help your chip position. However, if you have a hand that you want action with - a pair of aces or kings, for example - you might want to raise three times the big blind rather than moving All-in. You are expecting to get callers and win a big pot. Being able to play a short stack successfully will help your chances remarkably.

The Move-In Stack Column

When your chips have dropped into the Move-In Zone, you are in a great danger - you are at risk of bombing out of the tournament. You must move to try to get more chips or you will go broke. When you go into the Move-In Zone you have to try to pick up the blinds once a round.

Whenever you enter the pot, you are moving all in. If you don't have one of the good hands, then you will have just attack any poker player in the big blind that you think will fold. When you move in with the marginal hand trying to pick up the pot, you are betting that no one has a hand that they can call with. This is when reading your rivals, knowing who is likely to fold is very significant.

When your chips have fallen into the Move-In Zone, it is much better to take a chance with a weaker hand than to just sit back and let the blinds and antes destroy your stack. Your rivals know that going through the blinds will ruin your stack therefore they only call you with average hands if they think that you are making a move at the pot.

Hands which are suggested to play when you move in must include the premium hands, plus suited connectors such as 6 5 , 7 6 , 87 , 98 , T 9or J T. You can also move in with any pair, any two face cards and any hand that contains an ace. As long as you don't trap into an over pair or someone holding one of your cards, you are not that big of an underdog with your hand if you do get called. Remember that you want to the first one in the pot with these weak hands, not a caller. You can call if you have a strong hand.

 
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