It is best to wait a little while before playing a hand in a single table Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament. The reason for waiting a while is that other players tend to go a little wild at the beginning of the tournament so they can get an advantage in the game. The wild players usually want to go all-in in a no limit game for a few hands at the beginning of game play if they have any remotely winnable hands. There are many good players who fall into the trap of countering the bet by going all-in and end up losing the hand which results in them having to take an early exit from the tournament.
Patience will get you a long way in a single table Texas Hold’em Poker game. It would be advisable to remain very patient and wait out the slaughter that usually occurs at the beginning of the tournament. Unless you have pocket Aces, pocket Kings, or Ace and King, it would be best to be patient and hold of playing a hand until the smoke clears and the players are steady in their game play. There is a warning that comes with this strategy regarding just playing have pocket Aces, pocket Kings, or Ace and King; you can still lose the hand – the odds are heavily in your favor though.
Once the smoke is cleared from the all-out brutal battle between the players at the beginning of the game, then it is time to play hands selectively. When playing hands selectively, you will only want to play hands that you are sure to win. When betting on hands that you are sure to win, it would be best to slow play at the flop and the turn. When you are positive that you will win the hand, you can go all in if you wish. Winning hands like this will keep you in the game and keep your chip count up. There is a warning to this strategy though; you may be certain that you will win the hand but still lose due to a better hand you did not think of.
The Final Three
Usually single table Texas Hold’em Poker tournaments have a first place, second place, and third place finalists at the end of the game who receive a prize. Getting into the final three prize positions is key. By waiting out the slaughter at the beginning of the game and being selective with the hands that you play, you will see players leave the table left and right. In a matter of time, you will have a chance to be in the final prize positions. Once you get into the prize position, you can now fight for the first place position.