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How to master the strategy of the final table in poker tournaments?

  • Published Date November 16, 2018
  • By Gamentio Admin

The final table of a multi-table poker tournament is a situation where you can consider using some of the super-savvy poker moves that professionals use. If you join a big tournament in terms of size, players usually try to play brilliantly when they go to the final table.

Here are some special techniques you need to use at the final table not only to survive but also to put it in the best position to win. Depending on what you want to achieve in the tournament, two types of tournament strategies are recommended: avoid confrontations or be aggressive.

 

1. Passive strategy at the final table: avoid confrontation

Suppose you have the average number of chips and are happy to receive your money. You want to advance and win in 4th or 5th place, but you don't want to take too much risk. In this case, if you stay out of combat and avoid confrontations, you will probably reach your goal. This is effective even when you hit the bubble in Sit and Go tournaments, and you probably won't win the tournament, but it's not what you expect.

For several reasons, the final table is easier to play tight.

First of all, most of the players are very proud and happy to reach the final table. They can be the type of player that gets tightened up until they get the money. After all this tension and pressure is off, they often open and play.

Do not overdo it patiently

Wait, don't take the extremes. Have you seen the following situation on a table when you’re down to the money or when I'm close to it?

Blinds are 1,000 / 2,000 and the man with the big blind folded all his hands. He is the last, and after the small blind, he will have 400 chips. The cooker is 9000 chips and will take your last 400 chips instead of getting 22.5 points against 1 in your money.

What is he thinking? He won’t even have big blind to cover. He gambles that some else will go broke actually playing before he runs out of chips and can get into higher cash. This is gutless. I just don't like it, and I don't see it as a legitimate final table strategy.

 

2. Aggressive final table strategy: seizing control

However, let's assume this first prize and most of the change you really want to win. You have a bunch of healthy chips and you're not afraid to take risks. Go for it!

Using the power of position

The key to winning in all formats is to have a position and drive your opponents, but this is further expanded at the final table. If you really have a chip advantage over shutters, you can try to cross your last position, the same suit, figure, any pair or any cards on any card you feel comfortable with. These players may be too shy to call you, and if they do, you still have a chance to win.

Also, they won't take most of your stack. With some luck and a good timing, you can wipe out some players and finish off with all the chips. Especially at the final table of the poker tournament, risks are rewarded at the right time. Prefer the risk of being called by unnecessary cards instead of missing the opportunity to dominate shy players.

Next time your A-K gets beating all-in against 5-6, remember that big slick is still just a drawing hand. You’re not an overwhelming favorite against two live cards. It usually comes down to whoever pairs one of their hole cards.

When the stack is finished, the suited connectors can be a good hand to press on your opponent with.

 
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