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i agree with Foxy, PATIENCE is primary importance in MTT
i hate be patient, i wish to play, all time! is no fun click fold all time
once i learn to follow my ranges, be patient, i been do better
however is lots less fun lol
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Definitely patience. I see way too many players getting too attached to their hands or shoving their short stacks in a bad situation. Be patient and pick the right times to take advantage of these mistakes. I've found that in most of the tournaments, I've been able to eliminate a player who is way too over confident in their TP or over pair hand.
Trying to culminate the multitudes of factors that make or break you in a MTT into one word is pretty impossible. For those of you that say patience to sit there and wait for top 10% hands, that's wrong too. Your hand ranges for most positions should offer plenty of opportunities to play hands. If you're playing very few hands you're definitely playing too tight or have difficulty playing post-flop.
As Poker Orifice pointed out effective stack size awareness is usually a huge leak a lot of new players have.
Also a huge mistake I see in the general population: positional awareness - if you're playing 4 handed and are first to act, you are not UTG, you are the CO and you should be opening your CO ranges. Your position at the table is based on relation to where you are from the button, not the blinds.
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It’s tough to argue with “patience” but if I had to pick only one word that’s the absolute most important, I’d go with aggression!
It’s crucial to be aggressive in tournaments, which doesn’t mean that we could call ourselves that in every single hand—that would make us a maniac! But in the hands we do choose to play it will almost always serve us well to play aggressively
Lots of good answers here. I would add that it is very easy to be too patient (or too aggressive) so understanding table flow and balancing is helpful.
Unless you are very lucky, at some point you will be short-stacked and knowing how to make profitable plays against all player types is of great importance.
The best tournament players know how to turn a small stack into a big stack so they can never be counted out if they have chips.
In big-field MTTs taking advantage of your deep runs will determine how big of a winner you will be. When the cards go your way if you don't understand how/when to put pressure on your opponents (or when to back off) you will be leaving money on the table.
I think it is patience in the short term, while playing a tournament, but also patience in the long term, which means right timing. This means to decide when to play a mtt, what buy-in, how many, how often. It is a sequence!
I agree, patience. Especially at the start with so many players just going all in trying to get lucky. Even in have Aces and get 3 all ins one just might get lucky and for me they usually do. So hard as it is I try to avoid all ins for the first hour. But I do play more marginal hands while the blinds are low, just might get lucky myself.
The question asked is akin to asking how to cook a particular dish.
Basically there are main ingredients and some not very important ingredients.
Some of the Main ingredients are patience, position, stack awareness, aggression, luck not necessarily in that order.
The most important thing in an MTTS, is to have a lot of patience. for the long duration of the game. plan a strategy that in my case I recommend that it be dynamic so as not to make the game tedious. You must also take into account the mental lapses that sometimes affect. That is why it must be kept in total relaxation in order to maintain a fixed dynamic.
Yes, I agree patience is the primary skill to master if you want to excel in MTTs. Then mindset / tilt control, as the standard advice for cash game players - clear your head/ take a break every 45minutes - every 1.5 hours or quit session if tilt is overwhelming won't work here for obvious reasons.
These are the "mindset" skills, not poker ones, but if you fail to master them or won't be working on them, they won't let your poker skills to shine and to give you the results you (might) deserve.
I think MTTs are the most complex type of poker. Just a mistake and you fell out, that is why I think one aspect cannot be highlighted. If you only have one weakness, you cannot succeed in the long run!
Like a lot of comments I would say patience...you have to pick your spots and wait for the right time to win big...but patience will only work for so long...it depends on structure...reg or turbo or hyper...when blinds and antes go up fast you really need to open you range...I'd rather play to win rather than play to not get knocked out...
In my opinion, the most important quality for achieving permanent results in MTT is the ability to maintain concentration. In the small blinds, when playing in a depth of 100 BB +, prize money is not drawn. You can triple your stack or lose half the starting stack, but at the same time your tournament share will change by tenths or even hundredths of a percent. The first prize in the tournament will begin in six hours, and in those tournaments that started at the end of the session loading period, they (prize) will begin nine hours after the start of the session. And here the most important banks in tournaments are played out. And if a tournament player has not learned to maintain concentration throughout the tournament, then most likely this poker discipline is not for him.
I see a lot of patience as the important part of MTTs. I need more definition with that. If patience means wait, I would disagree. @Katie Dozier hit it on the nail and that is aggression.
I do see see patience however as an overall strategy of your MTT poker journey. Not going to win every hand, not win every tournament you are in so it takes patience to your journey to make it to the levels you want to be assuming you are studying and you are putting in your fair share of volume to match your success in poker.
Aggression is key component in MTT poker. You can only say to yourselves so many times in a tournament to "wait" for a better spot. You want to build an aggressive image that you don't even get to the spot where you have to "wait" for a better opportunity.
Be aggressive patiently is how I would think on a tournament. I'd go for aggression and bust than patience and blind out. Go for the win and not min.