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For those new to poker, a cash game is usually a reasonable place to start. A player sits down to play and when they’ve won (or lost) enough, they get up and go. A tournament, however, can be more complicated and seem daunting.

The fact of the matter is that tournaments are simply a different form of poker. Once a player has won a few prizes and realized competition can be handled, it might become a favorite way to play.

Regardless of whether it’s the World Poker Tour or a big online event, there are some essential tournament tactics every player needs to know. In this section, we will take you through the basics, including rebuys and making your stack size work for you.

It’s time for your first tournament, so let’s shuffle up and deal.