Your Poker Chip Stack Is Getting Short In The Poker Tournament – What Should You Do?

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If you play texas holdem poker tournaments you have no doubt hit the point where you are getting close to the final table, you get a couple big losses, maybe even a bad beat or two (losing to a one or two outer really hurts), and suddenly your poker chip stack is very short with only a few big blinds left.  When do you make your move, and with what?

The blinds are high, and if you wait for a great set of hole cards you could be blinded out before you know it.  Of course you might get lucky and get wired Aces or some really great hand, but probably not. You only have a very few hands left and you are taking the walk of shame out the door.

What kind of hand should you "all-in" on? A weak Ace or two face cards? Well you could. But the main thing when you make your "last stand" is to have two live cards. You do not want to be dominated (sharing a card with your opponent), as that kills one of your two hole cards.

Well, think about this: what are your opponents most likely to call your all-in bet with? Probably a set of hole cards with an Ace or two big face cards.  That's exactly the kind of hand you feel like you should go all-in with, but wait, those are the type of cards that will call you and you'll possible be dominated with only one live card.

Why not give yourself a decent shot at doubling up. If you play the all-in with two cards that you are less likely to be called with, you'll have two live cards, possibly doubling your chance of doubling up your poker chip stack.  You only have a few hands left to make your stand.

When you get two cards, it's nice if they are suited or connected, but the main thing is that they are both live cards.  A 7 and a 9, a suited 6 and 4, these are the type of hands least likely to be dominated.  Let's face it, at this point you are desperate, and you're going to need some good luck in any play to stay in the game.

When making you all-in last stand, pick the hole cards you'll least likely to be called with. Most poker players won't call your all-in with a 6 9 off suit, they'll call with the weak Ace or two face cards. Yes you're still a slight underdog, but you'll have two live cards, not just one, to try to get lucky with.

Poker has a lot of luck to it, but if you use a solid strategy you can better put yourself in a position to get lucky. That what wins poker tournaments and cash games as well. Put yourself in a position to increase your odds of getting that little bit of luck you so desperately need.

Ronnie Rants, poker player, entrepeneur and propretor of PokerUpShop.  The PokerUpShop offers Free Shipping to Us customers over $49 which saves you money on your Poker Chips, Poke Table, Poker Cards and Card  Protectors.

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