If you are lucky, you might one day get the chance to play in an EPT poker tournament.
But if you do, it won't be a walk in the park.
Of course, you would be against a lot of quality players who would all be trying to get their hands on the prize.
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So apart from playing well and having a good strategy what are the things that you should do to prepare for the big tournament?
Remember that doing well in these tournaments not only gives you a chance to win big money, but if you impress you might end up going pro with help from sponsors so try your best out there
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The day before
To prepare for a big event, there are a few things that you could do.
A simple yet effective tip is not to drink too much the night before a tournament for obvious reasons.
Don’t stay up late either, stay refreshed for the game and don’t wear yourself out before the tournament starts.
Another tip for preparing for the tournament is not to play poker the day before; it can muddle up your mind so staying clear from poker on the day before the game or tournament as helps a lot.
This often hurts your gameplay on that day as well the next day when the tournament proper starts, so it’s best to avoid this altogether.
Not only stop playing, but you should also generally try to stay away from anything related to poker.
Yes, you may get some information and it can charge you up for the tournament, but it's better if you don’t pay attention to this side or else you could end up getting kicked out early in the tournament.
The day before the event you should be doing something enjoyable, like playing a sport that you like.
Spend time with your family or friends; try to relax before the game.
Eating a heavy dinner is the worst thing that you can do the night before, apart from getting smash drunk.
So eat a light dinner which is not very heavy also get a good night’s rest, which is very important, your mind and body both should be rested well and refreshed before you start playing the next day, that is important.
Your body is not a machine and needs to be fresh when you start playing the next day.
During the tournament
At the start of the tournament, or in the morning it is best to have a light breakfast, maybe protein filled with a few snacks.
Nothing too heavy though, you could have a few snacks just an hour before the event but nothing exceptional.
Even in the breaks between games, you should eat some small snack like maybe a nutrient bar or a banana never something too heavy.
Never go into the restaurants in the casino even if your favorite restaurant is there that would just fill you up and make you lose concentration when playing the game after the continuation.
Try to be in the best frame of mind, don’t over think anything before the tournament, and try to enjoy the event.
This is a chance for you to pit yourself against the best so don’t overthink about the event, too much baggage on your mind can hurt the chances that you may have of actually doing well in the event and enjoying it.
Also do not be in a hurry to either reach or play the game. Try and reach the destination before the scheduled time of the tournament, in fact, arrive even earlier than that.
There is nothing worse for your mindset to come in late and start rushing about trying to find the right hall where the tournament is being played.
Come early and try to do well, take in the atmosphere and try to get acclimatized to the place.
A bit about strategy as well, the best thing to do is not to go all guns blazing in a tournament, you might want to make a statement but that is not the smartest way to go about it, this can hurt you when more seasoned players take you out.
Play the game at a slow and calculated pace, these big tournaments are not about how hard you hit, but it’s all about survival. The longer you stay on, the better chance you will have of winning the whole deal.
These tournaments are broken up into rounds, and the survival from the first few rounds is paramount.