With the World Series of Poker nearly upon us, tournament specialists around the world are salivating at the thought of thousands of amateurs just waiting to give away their $10,000 buy-in. Not so fast, tourney donks! In the main event, players begin with 20,000 in chips, and blinds start at 50-100. You can put away your unexploitable push/fold charts, because with 120 minute levels, you’ll be playing real poker well into Day 2.
To help you make the most of the weaker players and avoid drawing a target on your own chest, I’ve compiled this list of the top ten mistakes that even good tournament players make when stacks are deep:
WSOP Deep Stack Mistake #1: Overvaluing One Pair
You may think this one doesn’t apply to you, but it probably does. There’s more to it than not losing your entire stack with top pair. Even many good players understand “pot control” to mean nothing more than “stop raising and just call down.”
But there’s no iron law that says you have to see the showdown just because you were dealt a big pair. It’s true: a pair of Aces is the nuts… before the flop. When five more cards have come out, even Aces don’t beat many hands that a typical opponent is betting for value. Your more passive opponents won’t often be raising worse hands on the flop, either, and especially not on the turn.