The Tournament Structure

You are playing no-limit hold'em tournament. Each player has $1000 chips to start with in the tournament. The blinds are $10-$15 in round one. In round two it increases to $10-$25 and again increases to $25-50 in round three. Further in round four it increases to $50-$100. The blinds on round five are $75-150 and in round six it is $100-$200 and maximizes in each round.

Your Approach towards Tournament

You have to be selective in picking the premium hands. And so you decided to play conservatively in the early rounds of the tournament. If you are first one to enter the pot then you can play by raising at least three or four times the size of the big blinds. If you decide to re-raise you will balance the amount of chips you re-raise on the situation. The reason of your re-raising include the type of player who raised in front of you, what other players have reacted to his initial raise, the type of players who can after you and the amount of chips you have in front of you.

As we said earlier it is absolutely necessary for you to be vigilant while playing and not playing a hand. You have brought you're a-game to the tournament with you.

Playing Big Pairs
Playing Aces before the flop

The best starting hand to play with is pocket aces. When you are the first one to enter the pot, you can raise three or four times the size of the big blinds with your two aces. Before the flop you have the nuts and expect someone else to re-raise behind you so that you can take the opportunity to raise again. It is also possible that someone having two aces can go all-in.

With aces in the hand, it becomes difficult after the flop to lay down the chips hence we try to get as many chips in the pot as possible before the flop. But be careful - just don't bet so much that you blow everyone out. You want action with aces - so it is suggested to raise three or four times the size of the big blind.

If someone has limped in before you, add whatever they bring plus three or four times the size of the big blind. Suppose the blinds are $10-$25 and one person limp in. You bring it in for $100-$125. If two people have limps in, you would bring it in for $125-$150.

Let's assume your rival raises the pot in front of you. It is preferable for you to re-raise to double amount that he brought it in. In the above example suppose your rival raises to $100. You can raise approximately $250, once again hoping that you get re-raised.

Keep in mind with two aces you can lay down maximum number of chips before the flop. We always tend to put them all in before the flop. You will almost win the pot about 81 percent of the time with aces than with any other pair. This is the greatest advantage of holding two aces. Again suppose your rivals are holding KK or QQ, you will win the pot about 66 percent of the time.

With two aces in your hand you can even slow-play. Limping is one way to slow-play a big hand. You can limp i.e. you can call when you think someone will raise if you just call. Another way to slow-play is checking on the flop when you are sure that an aggressive player cannot stop himself from betting when you check.

The reason for slow-playing the big pair is to out as much money into the pot which later you expect to win. It works out very often. There are players who might fold their hands if you bet, thus slow-playing is the best way to extract more money from them. It can also be possible that by your checking they might catch up and give you some action on your premium hand. However, you take a lot of risk by doing this because you might sometimes miss the flop.

We shall consider all the situations as to how to play with your big pair. At the same we have given some recommended conclusion to help you play the big pair.


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