Friday, February 01, 2008

Taking the Free Money - Adam Stemple

Let's talk about tournaments. Everybody loves them, but so few people seem to know how to play them. Even knowledgeable players hold some common misconceptions that consistently cost them money.

In a full ring game, when I first get my cards, there are basically three things I consider: cards, position, action. In that order, like a flow chart:

A. Cards:
Playable--Go to B
Unplayable--Muck 'em

B. Position: Does my position warrant playing the cards I have?
Yes--Go to C
No---Muck' em

C. Action: Does the action before me, or the possible action behind me, allow me to play these cards?
Yes--Play 'em
No--Muck 'em


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