Are You Ready to Play in Online Poker Tournaments?

by admin on March 6, 2011

This is a guest post by Matt McGuire.


There are lots of amateur poker player who dream of playing in a tournament. At least that is the smaller dream they have. The big dream is to play in the World Series of Poker, but for many that is nothing more than a pipe dream. However, it is possible to play in a real tournament and possibly even find yourself in competition with a professional.

The sheer number of online poker rooms, such as FullTiltPoker is forcing each one to be more competitive. One of the things the casinos have recently discovered is that their members love tournaments. As a result, the casinos are offering more and more of them. Some of the tournaments provide an opportunity to play in a real world tournament that is help in an actual casino. Other tournaments are just played for a big pot of money and bragging rights. Some of the online tournaments are actually qualifying events, winning them means that you would earn a seat at a bigger tournament like the World Series of Poker.

The decision to participate in an online poker tournament should not be one that you make lightly. It requires a great deal of thought, preparation, and honesty.

Before you sign up for the tournament, you need to read the rules carefully. Things that you will want to pay careful attention to include the dates and times that the tournament will be played, how much the buy-in is, and what the winnings are.

Once you have processed all this information you need to take a long hard look at your life and decide if you can realistically participate. The first issue that needs to be dealt with is if you can afford the buy in, if you can play on a free tournament at, or if it would mean that you would have to sacrifice something else that your family needs. If the answer is no, you should wait until another, more affordable tournament rolls around.

Next you have to consider the timing of the event. Tournaments go on for a long time. Some online casinos run them straight through, never stopping, until someone has won. Other poker rooms simply set up a time (i.e. every Sunday night at 4:30pm) when participants are expected to show up and play or forfeit. Can you realistically commit yourself to logging onto the game until the end?

Before you commit yourself to playing in a tournament, you need to be realistic about your abilities. Tournaments attract good players, who are committed to winning. If you are not consistently winning the Full Tilt Poker games that you play in, than you probably are not going to be ready for the tournament. To help you access the type of player you will be playing against, you should log onto the casino forums and ask, or check out the casino records, where they should have information about the previous winners. There is no point getting in over your head. Instead work on honing your poker skills so that when the next tournament rolls around you will be ready to compete.

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