So you have just won a royal straight flush from a sure thing at the last table, but the crown and jackpot prizes are still a long way off. The problem is that if you don’t win the whole pot, you have to share with the others who did.
This will mean that you will be sharing with other players who are likely to get another pot. Why do they get another pot? It’s the same principle as your remaining odds.
So why not play for the pot? There are some strong reasons to play for the pot.
First of all, this is a player with a big time player rating who has just beaten you. This player’s relative strength is unknown, and there is a chance that he might be the next big time player in the same tournament.
Now, if you are a big time player, and you play against someone like this, chances are that you will walk away from the table a loser. You may get a small pot. You may not.
The second reason to play for the pot is that if you are not the next big time player, you can use the pot to pay for more cards. This makes sense because you are going to walk away with less money than you started with. If you can replace the money you lost by playing a few more cards, you may find yourself much more successful than you expected.
Third, you will have a reasonable wager in the event that you do make it to the top four. This is a very common scenario in tournaments, and if you can walk away with enough money to replace your losses, you could even go for a bigger purse and a larger walk away check.
Fourth, you can play in a tournament with a much bigger wager than you would with a smaller one. So if you are the next big time player and you come up short, you can still have the same amount of money on the table as you would with a small bet.
The reason to play for the pot is to try to make the big tournament for a straight flush. If you play for the cash, you will come up short. If you play for the prize, you can get a better hand, have the most luck, and get the biggest walk away check.
There is a difference between being a great player and being a big winner. Many players will tell you that being a great player is about matching good hands, but often times this is not true. Playing for the pot is often about being able to match good hands.
This is where the big money comes in. If you come up with a great hand, you will be willing to walk away with a huge check. Most likely you will be playing for the prize, but you will walk away with some money.
Playing for the cash in a tournament is much more likely to work than playing for the pot when you walk away with a straight flush. So take advantage of this chance to make it big in a tournament.