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I am an extremely casual poker player. I mainly play Cardschat and other freerolls ( I have made only one deposit in my life, and that was a gift from my son). I recently played several unibet freeroll tournaments for tickets to further freerolls, and got lucky. I ended up winning an 1100 Euro ticket into the Unibet Open tournament in October with a guaranteed 250,000 Euro prize pool. Max Silver won this event in May 2020, so I assume there will be some poker professionals playing in this one.

I would appreciate anyone who has played at big tournaments providing any guidance to help me progress through this one and hopefully make the money.

Thanks in advance.
 
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The truth is that everything will depend on the table you'll be seated at and your ability to adapt. By winning that ticket, you've already proved that you can be patient enough.
Take a look at some learning material and do some reading before the tourney. It could be helpful. The 30 day course here on CC is very interesting. I found a lot of useful topics and poker notions that helped my game lately. Good luck man.
 
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I am an extremely casual poker player. I mainly play Cardschat and other Freerolls ( I have made only one deposit in my life, and that was a gift from my son). I recently played several Unibet freeroll tournaments for tickets to further freerolls, and got lucky. I ended up winning an 1100 Euro ticket into the Unibet Open tournament in October with a guaranteed 250,000 Euro prize pool. Max Silver won this event in May 2020, so I assume there will be some poker professionals playing in this one.

I would appreciate anyone who has played at big tournaments providing any guidance to help me progress through this one and hopefully make the money.

Thanks in advance.

If i remember correctly then (Atleast) One Cardchatter had ticket to that tournament in may ... Whether he actually played in that i dont know ?!? So you may ask him more about that. I believe it was Syltan ...
 
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I am an extremely casual poker player. I mainly play Cardschat and other Freerolls ( I have made only one deposit in my life, and that was a gift from my son). I recently played several Unibet freeroll tournaments for tickets to further freerolls, and got lucky. I ended up winning an 1100 Euro ticket into the Unibet Open tournament in October with a guaranteed 250,000 Euro prize pool. Max Silver won this event in May 2020, so I assume there will be some poker professionals playing in this one.

I would appreciate anyone who has played at big tournaments providing any guidance to help me progress through this one and hopefully make the money.

Thanks in advance.


Don't fold QQ on the bubble... ESPECIALLY if you're in the position to be able to apply ICM pressure!
 
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The reality is, that no amount of preparation or advice is going to turn you into an above average player in that field in just a single month. So just take it as an experience and be positively surpriced, if you cash. If you do want to prepare a bit, then maybe play some MTTs online, that are not freerolls, but which are still affordable. Like 5,5$ or 11$ buyin. These will play significantly different than a freeroll and somewhat closer to the live tournament.

Its also a good advice from the previous respondent to not fold QQ on the bubble, unless you are so broke, that a min-cash really matter to you. For most people min-cashing for 2.500$ would obviously be nice, but it does not really change their life, and going home with 25.000$ or 50.000$ is a lot nicer than just 2.500$. So dont forget to play solid and fundamentally sound poker, just because the stakes are higher than those, you normally play.
 
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I think the most important thing is to feel good before the game, you need to sleep well, eat in advance and prepare drinks for the game. Well, they are not afraid to lose, they take risks in the right places, like in an inexpensive tournament. These are all the tips I think are the most important for the upcoming poker tournament!
 
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I've played in smaller buy-in ($100-$400) live mtts with some success. Personally your going to need good variance to cash in a single tournament even the best only cash about 20% of time or less. Understand that.

I would go into this tournament and don't even be concerned about how much money you could potentially win once in the MTT. You should try to bink it rather than just cash like I said your only to cash 20% of the time. Bink is way less chance of doing it.

Try and build a stack, push your draws super fast (flush draws, open ended straight draws). Don't be afraid of not cashing around the bubble. This is the time to accumulate chips for later stages. Push those hands in if the charts say so ignoring ICM to some degree. You can get various charts for 15BB-20BB or lower and look to somewhat memorize them.

You only play freerolls you got a shot now of actually making decent money if you happen to bink it so focus on finishing 1st and afterwards think about the cash.

I wouldn't take a deal either. Play to win. Winning something like a tournament like this could lead to further staking deals or even starting your own coaching business or what not. If you get another bigger mtt win under your belt or two you could quite easily get staking sponsered to play pretty much and perhaps get into coaching making a hourly rate guaranteed. You need to the 1st place though. Also the high 5 figure or 6 figure score could help ya get set up. Min cashing will give ya a bit of cash but not really enough to change your life somewhat.

That's what I'd do. No big live mtts here yet like these mains. No covid i'd be flying to melbourne to play the aussie millions sats in Jan to hopefully bink a mtt like that. Crown casino is closed atm though here so no aussie millions.
 
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I am an extremely casual poker player. I mainly play Cardschat and other Freerolls ( I have made only one deposit in my life, and that was a gift from my son). I recently played several Unibet freeroll tournaments for tickets to further freerolls, and got lucky. I ended up winning an 1100 Euro ticket into the Unibet Open tournament in October with a guaranteed 250,000 Euro prize pool. Max Silver won this event in May 2020, so I assume there will be some poker professionals playing in this one.

I would appreciate anyone who has played at big tournaments providing any guidance to help me progress through this one and hopefully make the money.

Thanks in advance.
Have the courage to make big decisions at decisive moments in the tournament, it makes a big difference.
 
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I am an extremely casual poker player. I mainly play Cardschat and other Freerolls ( I have made only one deposit in my life, and that was a gift from my son). I recently played several Unibet freeroll tournaments for tickets to further freerolls, and got lucky. I ended up winning an 1100 Euro ticket into the Unibet Open tournament in October with a guaranteed 250,000 Euro prize pool. Max Silver won this event in May 2020, so I assume there will be some poker professionals playing in this one.

I would appreciate anyone who has played at big tournaments providing any guidance to help me progress through this one and hopefully make the money.

Thanks in advance.
Of course, I would like to use this case with maximum benefit and pleasure. Which means not to fly out stupidly in the first three hands, play consciously and hold out as long as possible. Why does this question arise, since this is not the first tournament in your poker life? The fact is that almost all tournaments with a large prize pool differ from most regular tournaments. Their strong point is a significantly slower structure, a smooth change of blinds, an increased stack







Let's now look at the middle stage - the blinds have grown, the relative stack length has decreased. You play single-table SNGs, and you don't really understand how to play with a short stack, when the money is still far away, and not two players, as you are used to. This means that you need to train your technique for better survival in the middle stage. And how to play if there are no chips left at all? There is a way out, it's called hyper-turbo tournaments.So, it turns out that as a training session, you need to play three types of tournaments - tournaments with deep stacks and slow structure - for training the early stage, multi-table turbo tournaments - for playing in the middle stage and hyper-turbo tournaments with short stacks, if suddenly there was an accident that pared the stack down to a very microscopic size.









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Thank you all for your responses, but this tournament WAS OCT 11, 2020... a year ago. I finished 219th out of 357 entrants. Lost holding AK against AJ (big stack, so I thought he might be trying to bully me)...raised pre-flop...J on the turn...Ace on the river...all in...tournament over, but I lasted 4½ hours. It was fun to play for the Big Money...total prize pool was 406,000 Euros.
 
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