Playing the Poker Tournament Bubble

So you’ve played several hours in a poker tournament, and are on the verge of a huge cash.  Will you make it into the money?…..or bust out on the tournament bubble having wasted your precious time in vain?  Obviously, you don’t want to wind up in the second scenario, so you’ll definitely need to know how to play the bubble in poker tournaments.

What is your Goal?

Before getting into any major poker strategy, you need to ask yourself what your goal is for the tournament in question.  If you are a beginner who has never cashed in a poker tournament, your best bet is to simply go for the cash.  On the other hand, if you are a professional player who is used to cashing, a good goal would be to shoot for the final table.

Depending upon what your goal is, that is how you should play the tournament bubble (as well as the entire tournament).  For instance, if you are the beginner looking to cash, you would want to play really tight around the bubble so you can sneak into the money.  More experienced players can play more aggressively on the bubble since the simple goal of cashing won’t help their bankroll out that much.

Look at your Stack Size

In addition to determining your goal for a poker tourney, you also need to factor in the size of your stack.  If your stack is really small, you are going to need to do something to double up or risk being blinded out of the tournament – this is the worst possible scenario that can happen!  Likewise, having a huge stack would give you the comfort of knowing that you’re going to cash no matter what (barring any foolish mistakes), and you’ll be able to cruise into the money with the final table a realistic possibility.

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