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Online Poker Tournaments -- Time to get aboard

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Online poker tournaments are skyrocketing in popularity
due to reasons ranging from low buyins into major tournaments
for a fraction of their usual cost to those who do not
live within driving distance of a land based poker room.
(And of course another factor is the money that can be won.)
The Internet has changed where and when one can play.
This revolution in how the game is played has resulted in
millions of dollars being placed into online poker
tournaments, with more opportunities on the Net coming up
each week.

Poker as a "sport" is widely enjoyed by millions around the
world due to the necessary level of quick thinking, skill
and challenge of the game. For those who don't understand,
what makes it a game of skill is this, the element of luck
is in the draw of the cards, but the skill is in how those
cards are played. Too many times on televised tournaments
you can see extremely bad hands winning because of how the
hands were handled in a case-by-case situation by the player.
Anyone can get lucky for a good run or even enough to win a
tournament, but over time the skill level of a player will
reflect their number of victories and the amount of winnings
taken home.

What fundamentals does a poker player need to know before
playing tournaments over the Internet? Here are some tips:

Make sure you are ready. Practice playing over the
Internet as much as possible. This is what lets you gain
years of playing experience in a matter of months. Many young
players in their 20's are doing well against top players and
this is one of the big ways of how they get their knowledge
so fast.

Take the time to invest in learning strategies, techniques and
how to read players. Purchasing a few books written by
experienced top players is a better investment than playing at
a table without an idea of what is going on. Combining the
two will enable you to play a solid game and wait for others
to make mistakes and bust out. And know how to adjust your
playing strategy when the blinds increase.

Surrender in order to survive. It does not make sense to play
marginal hands in a tournament if you don't have to. Unless
you know you have a winning hand, it may be wiser to fold.
The chips you save may help you to win a larger amount when
you get a superior hand. For the first few rounds in a
tournament, you are trying to survive while others are being

Take the time to understand when a player is "pot committed".
When a player is pot committed, they have so much invested
that it makes it hard to back away from folding or putting
more chips in. Knowing to watch for this will enable you to
put on more pressure when you know you have a superior hand.
It should also help you know when to abandon a hand so that
you do not place yourself in a situation when it becomes hard
to back away.

Finally, keep a written record to track your play and earnings.
It will help you to focus in order to become a better player.
This lets you stay on track and forces you to ask yourself if
you are playing the best game you can play.

Technology has affected how our society operates and this
evolutionary step in the game makes it easier for those who
love to play to become better and more competitive. And also
don't forgetScience Articles, the 2003 and 2004 WSOP champions qualified
playing over the Internet.

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