To play the same hand, we have more than one “correct” way to play the same hand. There are variations in situations – variations in rivals. You can play the same hand in a different manner because you have a particular knowledge about a particular rival. Remember there is no substitute for knowledge of your rivals.
What we've done in this chapter is give you preferred ways – and some alternatives. It is not possible to cover each and every situation in this chapter but the examples given will enable you to figure the best action to take in situations that we have not covered.
In the tournament, the most demanded game of poker is seven-card stud. The strategies or tactics used that you use to win in regular games don't always work in tournament, so you have to make some changes in your game plan. We will give some tactics which will help you to make a successful winner.
Your strategy in the tournament is determined by four main factors: the size of your stack compared to your rivals' stacks; the stage of the tournament; your position in the hand and how much time is left in the round.
Let's say you will play almost weaker starting hand more aggressively if you have a large stack in the late stage and will be competing against only one rival whose stack is short, especially if the antes will be increasing on the next round and if your board represents that you will be last to act. On the other hand, if you have a big hand very late in the tournament against an aggressive rival who raises your opening bet and has a stack of chips that is equal to or greater than yours, you will fold because tournament strategy suggests that you avoid big wars in the late stages. If not, you will be in trouble and lose most of your money.