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What does managing a conservative tournament style look like?

The conservative plan is pretty simple.

Play tight, pick off some small pots on a regular basis, and try to fife even or a little ahead of the increasing blinds and antes.

Don't jeopardize your whole stack on a tossup situation.

Just keep accumulating chips and wait for the occasional opportunity to double up with a monster hand. One or two double-ups a day will keep you afloat.

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What does managing a super aggressive tournament style look like?

The super-aggressive style requires a big stack of chips to work properly, so your first job is to acquire that big stack.

You should be very active right from the start.

If the table is passive, then build a stack by just scooping pots.

If the table is active or the players fight back, retreat a bit and start limping into cheap pots, hoping to flop monster hands where you can double up.

Once you acquire a big stack, you'll become very dangerous, as you'll be able to muscle the table with relatively little risk.

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What does varying your style refer to?

Your opponents are always observing you. Once they have your style pegged, they will be able to guess your hands based on your bets and positioning.

Once you begin modulating your style, you'll find that pots become easier to win and win big at.

Conservative players who switch will be respected and able to steal pots.

Super aggressive players who switch will be getting called on monster hands.

4

When should you switch your playing style?

If you're playing solid hands, and people keep calling you down, there's no need to switch.

The same holds if you're stealing pots and players won't fight you.

Keep playing your natural style until you get a sense some number of the players have picked up a line on you. Then switch.

Wait to switch back until you've had to show down a couple of hands that reveal your new approach.

Over the course of a long event, be prepared to move and keep moving.

5

What type of strategy should you strive for?

A balanced strategy.

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What does having a balanced strategy mean?

Varying your betting but the size of the raise on similar hands at different times.

This keeps opponents guessing and when they guess wrong you can cash in.

You should strive for 80% raises and 20% calls in the same situation. (Use your watch second hand to help you out. 48 seconds is 80%)

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What does tournament management refer to?

When you play in a certain style, you should have a game plan for the tournament.