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How to win an online satellite poker tournament
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By: Vaggelis Karampinis Email Article
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Mike Matusow had once said that we should give Chris Moneymaker to a share of each tournament played through the influence he had success in 2003. The Moneymaker managed to win the WSOP Main Event and won $ 2.5 million having chosen from a satellite with a buy-in as little as $ 40.
Satellite called qualifiers that allow us to play a larger tournaments with less cost. Thousands of satellites run daily both online and in live poker rooms.

Two things I think before I decide to play in a satellite. First, if I allow it to bankroll me and secondly how many chances I have to earn a place and how long will it take?

I believe that all the satellites that give tickets to a three to one in ten deserve. A better analogy in my opinion is a position in five to one in seven. A good example is the $ 11 re-buy turbo satellite on the big Sunday tournaments that have buy-in $ 215. In this satellite of the total cost of the buy-in, rebuy and the add-on is $ 31
I prefer the re-buy tournaments compared to freezeouts generally as there are many bad players in them. Many try to qualify without doing rebuy and usually one third of players who have already started leaving the end of the rebuy period. These turbo re-buys are 30 minutes re-buy period usually lasts 75 minutes outside of Sundays where the increased number of entries increases and the duration of the tournament.

Regarding the right strategy for the satellites probably the proportion of participants with positions are playing an important role in determining the proper tactics. For example, if one is paid to three time more like a sit and go and if one is paid out of ten it is closer to a normal tournament.
As it has but it is important to remember that there are differences in the positions that pay well probably all give the same prize. In the early stages of a satellite is good to play more cautiously and to exploit those who play more loose. Especially in re-buy satellites are almost sure to have some very aggressive on our table and in these cases it is good to try to face up to him only when we are well ahead and avoid as much as possible coinflips, which significantly increase the variance .

Near the end of the re-buy period but may have to gamble to be able to build a stack, enough to have no problem doing rebuy if they lose their chips us. Assuming a double rebuy can give us 2000 chips and end up with fewer chips at the end of the rebuy period, then we can take risks in our stack and making a rebuy to get more chips than we had originally!

Although to get out of the rebuy period with the lowest stack (about 3500 chips and blinds 100/200/25) is destroyed (many times I won my participation in a major tournament in this position), it is good to we have a bigger stack to be able to afford a two more rounds without having to make a move. Besides, after the rebuy period is usually very active and have smaller stacks trying to double the chips of pressing, since now there is no safety rebuy.

The key to middle stage of a satellite is to win pots without competition before the flop, when all stacks are small (from 5 to 20 blinds) and to win the blinds and antes can significantly increase our stack. In a satellite have the opportunity to play with a smaller stack than in a normal tournament because of the special payout structure and even a few chips will see that we have fold equity.

From the middle stage of a tournament and then the real value of our cards is becoming increasingly less important. Other factors such as our location and size of the stack we play a major role. The big stacks should try to push other large stacks, stacks medium but not small stacks that are more likely to gamble. The middle stacks can hunt other means stacks and stacks of the largest that can seriously injure.

Small stacks can hunt the medium stacks who will not want to risk losing much of their chips if they have a good hand. Obviously it is better to go all-in from as far as possible and last place is good to avoid the weak aces because in most cases is dominated by the hands that will make our call.

As we approach the bubble is very likely that the majority of players have small stacks in the blinds around ten or less. For it is necessary to monitor the lobby and the effect on other tables so we can determine where we are more than payments. If you paid the ten first and we are third in the stack, it's a very good chance to meet and do not normally have to play almost any card. On the other hand, if we are ninth in the stack, then it would be to try to pick up some chips, especially from players who are on top and have no reason to take risks.

Vaggelis Karampinis Athens-Greece poker rounders

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