A turbo tournament is a cash or free online poker tournament of poker games where the blinds increase very rapidly. Suppose, in an ordinary poker tournament, blinds increase every twelve to fifteen minutes. In a turbo tournament, the blinds increase usually roughly every three to six minutes.
Given these numbers, a turbo tournament is up to four times as fast as a regular tournament.
So how do you incorporate this ‘four times as fast’ information into your playing style? Does this mean playing more hands? The short answer is no. Now let me explain.
For example, if in an ordinary tournament you “small-ball” – a poker playing style where you play more hands than your opponents. In these circumstances you might play a seven with a six (even off-suit) and A-x (suited – going for a flush) which others feel a little woozy when holding. And if you hit the flop hard, you bet hard as well – because in the earlier levels the blinds are low in relation to the average stacks, so in terms of risk-reward terms the return on investment should tell you that this might be worth it.
However, in a turbo tournament you can’t use this playing style. Blinds increase, but the number of hands never increase; in fact, they decrease. If you are playing, say 60 hands in the first four levels of an ordinary tournament, in a turbo tournament you will be playing just 15-20 hands. Of course, most of the time you will fold.
What hands will you not fold?
Basically, the most obvious ones like ace-ace, king-king, and queen-queen.
- In the early levels you can also experiment with connectors because your opponents might be a bit scared about losing their chips early with (for example) a weak ace or king.
- However, in the later levels, where everyone is close to blinding out, consider also playing A-x or K-x (where x is greater than 10) and smaller pocket pairs in your arsenal.
Why? Because, simply put if you don’t play some more questionable hands then the blinds will not just eat you … they will devour you!
If you move all-in with a wider range of hands than you are accustomed to in an ordinary tournament, then you can make others fold.
And even with a caller, you may be on a classic coin flip if you have a pocket pair; you can be a favorite if you have A-x (x>10) and the caller has a weak Ace; and you will have two live cards with K-x and Q-x.
In the late levels the game will be mostly be a series of pre-flop crapshoots, so take advantage of pre-flop aggression.
However, you can also take advantage of post-flop aggression in the late levels.
Suppose you are on the button with K-x (where x is weak) and the blinds call. You feel that the other two players have weak hands. Now the flop comes a bit scary, for this example let’s say: Ace, Eight, Three.
If you have the Eight or the Three and both your opponents check, you can bet. However, you can also bet if both of them check, even if you have nothing. You have position. You are the best player to decide whether each other player has something.
Near the bubble, if you are sinking in chips, move all-in with Ace-x, King-x, or Queen-x. Most of the time you will be drawing live. Others will be afraid to call you because they don’t know what you have and they will be the one sinking in chips if they make a bad decision by calling you. Plus, you could still luck out and catch a lucky card.
If you play turbo, free poker games or for cash I hope this short advice article helps you out at least a little bit. If you are new to turbo poker then I strongly suggest you practice them in free online poker games first before starting to play with your real bankroll.