Gus Hansen’s Winning Tournament Poker Strategies Revealed
1. Strategy: Look to surprise your opponents with an out-of-the normal play. Just realize it will be more difficult to play your hand since your opponent won’t know the strength of your hand (you probably sent out a message you were weak and not strong).
Tactics: Bet out rather than check when you hit the flush on the turn. It’s okay to mix up your game and check a hand you would raise with pre-flop and bet with on the flop.
2. Strategy: Make an over-sized bet on the turn when you know you are ahead and your opponent is drawing–you don’t want to be drawn-out on the river.
Tactic: If you put your opponent on a draw, make an over-sized bet to get him to fold on the turn (putting him all-in if necessary).
3. Strategy: Know when to bluff–especially when you know your opponent is weak. There are chips in the pot waiting for you to grab.
Tactics: Bluff on river if opponent checks twice after you call his c-bet and scare cards come on turn and river. When it is two checks to you, make a stab at the pot.
4. Strategy: Attack late position by re-raising with hands that are usually calling hands.
Tactics: If you think your opponent is making a play on the button, raise with A-x. And make the raise about three times the button raise. Attack late position raisers in the big blind with even K7 offsuit.
5. Strategy: Know your opponent stack sizes at all times as it can help you to size your bets–that is, to get your opponent to fold.
Tactic: Put your opponent all-in on the flop when the flop is favorable and a call on a pot sized bet on the flop will naturally mean he must also be all-in on the turn.
6. Strategy: Slow-play the nuts on turn.
Tactic: When you hit the nuts on the turn, check to allow your opponents to catch something or bluff the river.
7. Strategy: When you spot weakness, re-raise your opponent off his hand
8. Strategy: Bet sizing: Bet your premium hands the same amount as your steals.
9. Strategy: Miscellaneous
Tactics: Call if opponent is desperate for chips, you have a strong hand, and it won’t cost you more than 20% of your stack. When antes increase (especially a 4:1 ratio between SB and ante) be more aggressive. Also figure out the cost of a round when blinds and antes go up. The average stack compared to your stack. Sometimes you will fold the best hand. You don’t always have to make a c-bet–especially if your opponent has been playing very tight. In general, Gus aims at making a c-bet about 80% of the time.
There are more strategies at my How to Win a Poker Tournament blog (see link below).