Poker Strategy: MTT

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Poker tournaments present the opportunity to achieve a big payday for a reasonably sized investment. Everyone’s chances of winning aren’t equal though: Those who know what they’re doing will take home the lion’s share of the prize pool. There are plenty of factors you need to take into account when debating your plays in an MTT, including stack size, the number of players remaining, and the payout structure. We’ll show you how to consider these elements, in conjunction with the cards you hold, to make decisions with positive expected value. The articles below are pretty informative whether you’re a freeroller or someone who pays thousands of dollars to enter major tourney events.




soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 16 – Building Your Stack

Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 1

When it's folded to your SB in a poker tournament, you ought to be shoving pretty wide if your stack is small. You need to consider how often the big blind will fold, how often he will call and win, and how often he will call and you will win to be able to calculate if it's profitable to go all in.
Evaluating NLHE MTT Structure

Evaluating NLHE MTT Structure

There are many different poker tournament structures that are common today. You need to evaluate the structure in any given MTT to determine how your strategy should change. The depth of the starting stacks (in big blinds) is an especially important factor to consider.
soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 16 – Building Your Stack

Radashack’s MTT Tournament Advice Part 2

the psychological and strategic aspects of multi-table poker tournaments, emphasizing the significance of understanding one's motivation, mastering the art of misdirection, recognizing signs of strength and weakness, overcoming various forms of fear, and the importance of consistent aggression
soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 16 – Building Your Stack

Poker Tournament Skills

the essential skills required to consistently win at Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs) in poker, highlighting key areas such as inflection point play, chip extraction, selective aggression, and the importance of patience and resilience
chardrian’s True Value of AK

chardrian’s True Value of AK

AK is, without a doubt, an excellent hand. It is ahead or flipping against every hand except AA and KK. Nevertheless, you should exercise caution with AK if there are multiple raises in front of you. If there are folds, limpers or a single raise in front of you, you should absolutely play it.
soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 16 – Building Your Stack

Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 2

the strategy of playing the small blind in multi-table tournaments, focusing on the considerations when dealing with very short stacks, the importance of fold equity, and the factors that influence the decision to push all-in, especially when the stack is around five times the big blind
soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 16 – Building Your Stack

Higher Stakes MTT Strategy

There are big differences between low-stakes MTTs and tournaments at higher levels. In larger tourneys, there are fewer loose-passive players and more tight-aggressive opponents. It's important to be able to mix up your ranges a bit so that you can't be easily read.
Thoughts on Small Pairs in MTTs

Thoughts on Small Pairs in MTTs

There are only a few situations in poker tournaments where small pocket pairs are valuable. You can try to set-mine if stacks are deep. If stacks are short, you may be able to go all-in with small pocket pairs and still have good equity against typical calling ranges.
soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 16 – Building Your Stack

chardrian’s Analysis of a $26 Freezeout

Sometimes, it's valuable to go over your completed poker tournaments with a hand-history viewer to analyze spots that you are unsure about and identify errors in play. You can use a replayer that automatically cuts out hands that you folded preflop so that you can focus on the important hands.