A good friend of mine is playing in his first rebuy poker tournament next weekend and he came to me for strategy advice, so I thought I’d write a post on the subject. There are a number of different ways to strategize in rebuy tournaments and the right one for you depends upon how much money you are willing to spend.
One of the most popular strategies in rebuy tournaments is the super loose strategy. Players who play super loose play very aggressively and stay in on nearly 100% of their hands, hoping that they will get a good hand or luck out on a bluff. The reason these players play super loose is in an effort to build their bankroll to it’s maximum potential during the rebuy period. After all, if they wind up losing they can always buy back in. This strategy is great if you have a large bankroll and can afford to buy back in numerous times. However, if you can’t afford to keep reburying then you should go with a tighter strategy.
It is often a much better strategy to play only slightly loose. Play more hands than you might otherwise, but don’t play hands that you know you have no chance of winning with. This strategy is best for players who can only afford to rebuy a few times.
Finally, some players choose to ignore the rebuy completely and stick to their regular poker tournament strategy. These players understand that the prize can grow to greater proportions in rebuy tournaments when other players rebuy but choose not to do so themselves.