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  6-Dec-12, 14:47   #1
How many tourneys should I play? 0 

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Hi all

I have been playing poker for about 3 years now, with moderate success. My question is how many tourneys should I play a day/week/month? I generally play about 5 a day with varying success. I try not to play more than 2 tournaments at once, which I think is enough.

The reason for my question is should I play more which would increase my chances of success or should I limit myself with a view to concentrating better on the ones I play?

If you are a regular tournament player, rather than a cash game player, please let me know what criteria you use, i.e. the cost of the tourney, the time of the tourney etc.

Thanks for your help in advance and GL on the tables

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  6-Dec-12, 14:53   #2
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That's depend on your stamina , not same for everyone. Not more than 2 MTT, if you had been get good result why hesitate, just do the same. Just increase your buy in limit. I almost same with you , can't play too much or I will loose. Good look in try Smile

  6-Dec-12, 14:57   #3

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It will all depend on your style and on the time you have to spend per day on this practice. If you have a lot of time to put in this, i think you should play as many as you want, only deciding to stop if you feel tired or bored, because that will tend to decrease your level of attention in the game and can bring bad results. You already say you prefer not to play more than 2 tourneys at the same time because of concentration issues, well that says it all. I like to play only one tourney at the time and, to increase the level of attention on the game itself, i always open a cash game, to me is better than another tourney. If one runs nice and the other starts bad, you can decide to take risky decisions on the one that started bad just because the other is running good, and that's not right. Take care and good luck!

  6-Dec-12, 17:00   #4
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The question you ask is personnal and nobody can answer that for you, they can only tell what they are doing thereselves.

I personnally prefer cash tables or SNG 1-tables.
Main reason is that I do not have the time to play MTT for more than 3 to 4 hours.
Also my game sometimes get interrupted by familiar circumstances , so cash games I can quit without losing money....

But I rarely play more than 3 tables at the same time.

  6-Dec-12, 18:57   #5
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To me tournaments are pretty boring since they involve to fold a lot, and the worst part is the fact that you need to stay in front of the pc so many hours...

That being said i think you could play more tournaments at once, i think 4-6 for beginning would be optimal Blink

  6-Dec-12, 23:43   #6

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I'd recommend playing at a rate in which you feel comfortable at. This meaning buyins that are within the 20% range of your BR and remember that mid-range buyins seem to have less risky players then low / micro buyins. That's my opinion after a couple of years playing. I will say I only play two to three games at a time myself. Most of the time if I buyin for above $5.50 I only play one due to I want to attempt to figure out the opponents playing techniques. Not that I'm any good, but I try!


  7-Dec-12, 10:33   #7

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it all depends on what your comfortable with and where your going to play your optimum game.
you don't want to be playing one or two and find yourself playing more hands because your bored and you don't want to be playing that many that you can't keep up with whats going on.
for me personally, i play my best when i'm playing two at a time and in tourneys that are no bigger than 1% of my bankroll. this way it doesn't affect me as much when i don't get a result for a while, it still does affect me tho because i hate losing, lol. but its not denting my bankroll too much.

That's the biggest factor here. sticking to good bankroll management. 1% of your bankroll for an mtt buy in is pretty much where you should be at if your only playing mtt's. if you play cash as well you can take a bigger shot now and again if you've had a good session. but if you dont play cash then stick to 1%.

good luck Thumbs Up

  7-Dec-12, 11:08   #8
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I personally like to play 4 tables the most.
When i bust out of 1 i try to find a new 1 and so on.

With NLHE you fold a lot so most of the time you dont have action on more then 1 or 2 tables.
So if you get more experience you will find its not hard to play 4 tables or even more.

When you want to use BRM then you prob should take bullettooth1's advice to play small buy-ins in comparison to your total BR.

  9-Dec-12, 07:06   #9

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  9-Dec-12, 08:12   #10

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i like to play as much as 12 tables at a time ,but i can't say i ever reached 12 final tables at once...

2 max.. so also have doubts if i should play less tables..because succesfactor always seems to decrease if i play so many tables..

the same question running threw my mind over and over again,,

should i stick with 2 tables or 4 and up???

haven't got an answer myself yet, but since the winning pro's always multitable i will keep on doing it as well..

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