Middle of The Game – Are You Still In This Texas Holdem Contest?
If you’re still in, 918kiss it’s time to tighten up. If you’ve been following this series of articles, this should have given you a lead over most of the players that simply play high cards. If you are holding above average chips you need to tighten up significantly.
To change up, play only premium hands, meaning only pairs (low-medium pairs in the hope of catching a set only) high face cards and suited connectors only if there are many players to the flop and you can see the community cards at minimal cost. Patience is the virtue of the middle game, and it can be a long boring place to be.
The advantage of tightening up is that come the final part of the game; people will have you down as a rock and fold to your raises. This is a problem when catching good cards in mid-tournament but it’s a Texas Holdem Strategy that pays off later when you are looking to pick up sizable blinds around the bubble (the part of the game when many players are trying to make it into the junior prizes).
Don’t be frustrated that your chip advantage over the average player has been diminished during this period to the point where you now hold average chips. If you have more that’s great, but most often I find my chip stack falls to average during the middle section.
Finally Hitting The Good Players In Texas Holdem
The final part of your Texas Holdem Tournament begins just before the bubble explained above. You now have achieved a table image of being like a rock – good. This is exactly what you want come the end of a tournament.
Blinds will likely be around 200/400 at this stage so the period of seeing speculative flops has well and truly ended. You now need to open up to steal some pots. Start by opening on lousy cards – a decent sized bet will have most folding as you’ve sat quiet for a good deal of the tournament.