Multi Table No Limit Tournaments

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 00:30

Multi Table No Limit Tournaments

An overview of multi table tournaments.

Multi table tournament (MTT) is a kind of poker tournament in which players simultaneously participate in more than one table. It allows 11 up to 5,000  players to participate in a poker game. The payoff for MTT depends on the player's group size and amount of their buy-in. Since MTT commonly awards a huge amount of money, it is rarely employed in small competitions, but is usually applied in world tournaments like the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.

There are two kinds of MTT: the Multi Table Limit Tournaments and the Multi Table No Limit Tournaments. No Limit Tournament has been gaining greater popularity in different countries all over the world because of the lump sum of money involved and the excitement it gives to the players and viewers. True to its name, No Limit Tournament has no restrictions over the players' frequency of raises regardless of the amount and time. It has three major stages: early stages, middles stages, and the final stages.

During the game's early stages, it is necessary for the participant's initial moves to be aggressive and extremely tight. This will let him remain in the competition while his weaker opponents will choose to fold and bust-in. He should also adhere to his selected critical and vital strategies or to the four vital poker skills. It will also be of great advantage if he begins to participate with the top pocket pairs even during the game's early stages. However, professionals suggest to avoid applying the bluffing strategy at this level; instead, one should reserve it as he moves on to the later positions in the competition. He also needs to be very careful not to underestimate the opposing players by thinking that they can do nothing against his cards.

As a player moves forward to the No Limit Tournament middle stages, he should expect that nearly all his weak opponents have already been eliminated. There will also be fewer players in these stages, which means that everyone is getting nearer to the payout and therefore becoming more aggressive. Thus, the most significant objective in this part is the player's chips stack building for his poker bankroll because in the long run, this same stack can determine his performance in the succeeding levels of the games. Hence, it is imperative for a participant in this stage to make his hands more dynamic by playing more focused than usual. He can also begin to take hold of the ante or blinds through a slight or semi-bluffing. His tight play during the early parts of the game will support his semi-bluff to project a credible image to the opponents during the middle stages.

The last and most crucial levels in a No Limit Tournament are the final stages. During this part, only the players of the last table, usually the final 9 or below, receive the target reward. Experts suggest that a participant should choose to play tight with fewer hands. This will give him opportunity to critically analyze the game and the players after which he can begin to apply the needed strategies. He should do his best to dominate as many players as he can and get hold of their piles of chips. His moves should be consistently aggressive, confident when taking the risk, manipulative of the opponents using his own stack, and determined to win as much chips as he can.