How to Outgun Opponents during Poker Tournaments in Bay Area Casinos
Even celebrities and experienced poker players have a difficult time consistently reaching the final table of a poker tournament—just ask Paul Pierce. According to a report from ESPN, the NBA forward was recently eliminated from the 2014 World Series of Poker main event:
Paul Pierce made a remarkable run in the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event.
But his dreams of cashing were squashed early Friday morning, when he was eliminated just shy of the money.
According to ESPN.com’s poker expert Andrew Feldman, Pierce finished in around 800th place. The top 693 finishers get paid.
Nevertheless, Pierce has nothing to be ashamed of. This year’s tournament field featured 6,683 entrants, and the future Hall of Fame forward, who played last season with the Brooklyn Nets, nearly made it to Day 4 in the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event.
The rigors of playing seemingly-endless rounds of poker is what differentiates playing at home with a few buddies and playing in popular Bay Area casinos like Twin Pine Casino & Hotel. When you step on the floor to play poker in California, know that everyone is in the tournament to win, which means you need to take your game to the next level.
Of course, that is always easier said than done. Still, there are poker tournament tips that can help tip the odds of winning the whole tournament in your favor. Here are some of them:
Get Some Sleep
Sometimes, tournaments last until the wee hours of the morning. If you anticipate that a tournament will last this long, get a good night’s rest the night before. If you’ll be coming from out of town for the tournament, make sure you book a room in one of the most comfortable hotels in the Bay Area.
Adapt Your Game
Many inexperienced players do not take the early stages of a tournament seriously enough. Don’t forget that no one wants to go home early, resulting in most players playing their hands tight. Later on in the tournament, people would have gained a little breathing room, allowing aggressive/loose players to shine. Try to use this knowledge to your advantage and adapt your playing style to the tournament.
Our eyes are naturally attracted to where the action is. If you aren’t involved in the round, you’ll probably focus your attention on the community cards. Don’t do this! Take the time to study your opponents for any subtle tells. This becomes valuable information later on when you’re trying to decipher a bluff from a strong hand.
(Source: Paul Pierce eliminated in WSOP; ESPN; July 11, 2014)