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Re-Buy Poker Tournaments
By WagerWeb.com and Ecobika Gambling Portal
As I stated in my last article about speed/turbo tournament strategy, the online poker rooms are coming with up with lots of different types of tourneys to maintain interest among their clientele. Another type of tourney that is popular now is whatís called a re-buy. These are tournaments that will allow you to re-enter if you go broke. All you have to do is click the re-buy icon that pops up, and youíre right back in the mix.
The re-buy tournaments are becoming more popular as the age of the average poker player gets younger. In my last article I talked about how the turbo tourneys were popular because things move at a much faster pace and the tourneys get completed in about two-thirds of the time of a normal tourney. Re-buy tournaments also offer something for those who like fast-moving play, and that is the action offered at the beginning of the tourney.
Normally a re-buy tourney works like this: You buy in for your original amount (letís say you get 1,500 chips for a entry fee in this instance) and then you can immediately re-buy for another and double your amount of chips and that will give you 3,000 to start with. If you ever get below 1,500, you can re-buy once again. This structure is maintained until the first break of the tourney, at which point you can no longer re-buy. At this point, however, you can do what is called an add-on, where you get one more chunk of chips (in this case weíll say 2,000 more) for another . The nice thing about all these re-buys is they increase the prize pool exponentially. Once the first break comes and everyone has re-bought and added-on to their heartís content, the real play begins and you go from there.
There are two schools of thought on playing the first break of a re-buy. The first and most prevalent strategy is to play extremely loose, see a ton of flops and go all-in the instant you hit anything on the flop. This strategy uses the ďI have plenty of money in my account and can afford to re-buy as often as I need toĒ outlook, and for some people it works very well. Youíll usually see at least 3 players at your table who re-buy at least 5-6 times and, hey, if they get lucky and catch what theyíre looking for, they can be very successful. If youíve read any of my articles, you know that I definitely tend not to play this way and I donít in a re-buy, either, but I have seen it work well for those who donít care about multiple re-buys.
The other school of thought, and the one that I use successfully, is to play the counter-puncher role. I do immediately re-buy when I enter the tourney so I have as big a stack as possible to hit back with. What Iíll do is wait and wait and wait for a premium hand so that when the maniacs go all-in with their mediocre hands, Iíve got them right where I want them. I canít tell you how many times Iíve only re-bought the one time because I doubled up early.
Assuming I hit the break without having to re-buy again and unless Iím in the chip lead or close to it, Iíll always take the opportunity to add-on. Normally I wonít re-buy more than 4 times in the early rounds because at that point with the way I play it doesnít become a profitable scenario. Usually if I make it through the first break Iíll make the money more often than not, and at the very least will make back my original investment.
Re-buy tournaments are a lot of fun and itís really a wild scene in that first few rounds as people jockey for position and go for broke. Once you get past that first break, though, itís just like any other tourney. You need to play tight, aggressive, solid poker and outlast the wackos who have made it through the early mayhem. Those first rounds after the break are where a lot of these guys go broke, though, as the style they used early comes back to haunt them. Going all-in with your QJ offsuit doesnít work too well at this point, so keep an eye out for those guys who are still in maniac mode and take advantage. Just be patient and the money will come to you. Best of luck!
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