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MTT Course: Early and Middle Phase - Wed Feb 22, 2012, 08:42 PM
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Here is a link to the MTT Course section on the Early and Middle Phase.

If you have any questions on this section, please post them in this thread.


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Large tournaments - Fri Mar 02, 2012, 11:58 AM
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Hi...I'm a relative newcomer to the site, but am loving it here, however I have a beginner query that is only pertinent to this site....

Most of the reading i have done on the subject places a fair bit of difference in how to play thru the stages, but i am struggling to know just when the stages change when faced with tourneys in excess of 5k players. Is there a rule of thumb i could follow, ie: early = down to bubble, middle = down to last few tables or even final table?

With the bubble in some tournaments being when there are still 6500 players in it (!!!) I'm thinking that it is still early down to say 100 players??? Or just base it on number of BB's or average stack size no matter how many left in it....?

Your thoughts would be appreciated....

Jocko

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Fri Mar 02, 2012, 03:02 PM
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Welcome to the forum, jockofhearts!

From the link above:

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In the early phase of the tournament you have a large stack relative to the size of the blinds. Typically your stack and the average stack will both be well above 50 big blinds. In the middle phase the blinds increase and you will usually have anywhere between 15 and 50 blinds. Sometimes you will have even less. The middle phase will end when the tournament approaches the bubble. If, for example, the first 100 places get paid in a tournament, the middle phase will end when there are 120 to 150 players left.
You can ask lots of experts and they'll frequently have slightly different answers to your question, but the general statement above is the rough guide that this course uses. It's not necessary to have exact knowledge of when each stage ends and when the next begins, because the concepts of early, middle, and late game are mostly just helpful guidelines, and the course material for each overlaps to some extent.



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Sat Mar 03, 2012, 04:22 AM
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Thanks for that reply, I'll take it onboard. I had read it, but just thought maybe the numbers might make a difference.....I'll keep trying I am probably being unrealistic in aiming to reach the final stages of each and every tny I enter? There is always a badbeat with my name on it, or a caller that pulls something out of the fire, it's just minimising those opportunities for it to happen....and that must only come from practice...
 
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Sat Mar 03, 2012, 04:35 AM
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There are all kinds of ways to improve your odds of winning a tournament, and you pick them up though studying the game and experiencing it. But if you play tournaments, then chances are you will lose the large majority of them without cashing. That's normal, though. The best you can do is strive to play the best game you can, and if that works out to be a better game than your opponents, you'll make money over the long run. Good luck with your studies!
 

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