Mixing up your playing style in poker tournaments.

One of the largest challenges when playing online poker tournaments is understanding how to create a profile for yourself that confuses your opponents. Sometimes, even when you know it’s going to cost you a few chips it can pay in the long run to make a few skeptical plays visible to your opponents.

Forethought should always be taken however, because your adversaries in the early stages of online poker tournaments are willing to risk far more than you would expect.However, once you hit the middle stages and your opponents skill level becomes more obvious, blending up your hole cards and betting activity can pay huge dividends when the opportunity shows itself.

Your goal here is create disarray in your opponents and that may take some experience to do correctly and cheaply. It’s not exactly an easy thing to do, but with some practice and dedication to your game you can start to make some good reads – even online.

Just be sure that when you play in pots with weaker hands you exercise prudent judgment with your chips. This is often difficult because many new players suffer from a lack of emotional control at the table and that gets them into difficult and often times expensive situations.

This is often the biggest hump to get over when improving your poker game, but you must do it so as to avoid being too easily readable by sharp opponents. For long term winning in poker tournaments, a lack of control will cost you money.

This is a strategy I often use when starting a poker tournament. Take a connector hand or two, and be intent on raising with them whenever you get them dealt to you during the tournament. Now you still have to pick your spots and re-raising isn’t reccomended but try and be the aggressor with such hands and you will be very amazed at how many pots you take uncontested.

Whatever hands you select at the start of the tournament, consider those your inventive hands and there you go – unpredictability. The added bonus here is that if your opponents are using poker software to track your style of play they are getting misinformation.