Tournament organisers continue finding new ways to spice up the poker game. Just a few years ago it was a simple cash game or freezout tournament, but now we have so much more. Last week 120 poker players in Malta participated in a new style of poker called ‘Team Poker’. This is where players are allowed to change seats and dump chips with other team players. This week players in Malta have the opportunity to play another exciting poker game called ‘Deepstack Poker’. This means you are given more chips to throw around on your quest for all the chips at the table. Deepstack is quickly growing in popularity both online and live.
What is a Deepstack Poker Tournament?
In a deepstack tournament, players start off with more chips than they would typically get from a low buy-in game. Deepstacks are usually 300 times larger than the starting blind and some deepstacks could be as much as 1000 times the big blind. This allows players to feel they are getting more action for their money.
Why do many players like Deepstack?
More chips means, more hands dealt and a longer tournament. There is less luck in deep-stack tournaments, so good players should have more of an advantage.
Here are some Deepstack tips.
Having more chips enables you to take more risks and get creative with your poker play. Getting better value for your cards and stack means making looser calls. Calling with medium pair from the flop all the way to the river can usually be quite rewarding depending on the percentage of your stack you’re committing to. You should sometimes check raise opponents with a pair on the turn or river because having more chips gives you the chance to give your opponent a harder decision to call.
Although you have longer before the blinds squeeze you, many players tend to be more aggressive.
With so many players throwing chips on the table, it might take you longer to get good reads on your opponents and determine the right decision from the wrong.
Players are typically much better and more experienced than your typical €10 game. You’ll see a lot more bluffs and interesting plays. With such big stacks you don’t always have to follow the rules to do well, you have a lot more flexibility. Sitting at a deepstacked table is entirely different to sitting at any regular game, your play should now change to give you an advantage. Think of deepstack tournaments like poker on steroids: since players are “bigger,” most come out swinging and throwing chips at you.