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Practicing for the World Series of Poker

So you've qualified for the WSOP? Good job! The next step is to practice. The last thing you want to do at the WSOP is to make a stupid mistake that will bust you out. Practicing for the WSOP will give you the confidence you need to make the right decisions and keep yourself off of tilt.

When practicing for the WSOP, I suggest you practice in three types of games:

First, you should play at a brick-and-mortar casino at some point. This does not necessarily have to be a tournament or even a no-limit game. You simply want to get used to using real chips and get used to holding a poker face. If there is no brick-and-mortar casino near you, have your friends come over to play a friendly home game.

You just need to get used the hang of playing live poker so the 'live poker' aspect does not frazzle you when you play at the WSOP. Nevertheless, do not worry too extensively about this aspect. The 2003 World Series of Poker was the first live tournament Chris Moneymaker played, and he went on to win it! Even one or two sessions of live poker experience will probably be enough to help you get used to playing live poker.

Second, you should practice playing in large, multi-table tournaments. While it is possible to play these at brick-and-mortar casinos, more than likely online tournaments will be the best location for these types of tournaments.

The World Series of Poker will probably have over 5,000 entrants. Needless to say, the winner will need to be incredibly lucky to steamroll through this many players. You will need to be aggressive and be willing to gamble it up to have a chance to win the tournament. The luck factor will be huge, and people will certainly not be able to simply fold their way into the money.

A brick-and-mortar tournament with 100 players will not resemble this type of tournament as much as a large, online tournament that has thousands of players. A large, online tournament will put you in the type of situations that you will frequently see at the WSOP. It will teach you the type of technical skills that you will need to win the world championship.

Finally, you should play some single-table tournaments. If you are fortunate enough to make it to the final table, these single-table tournaments will help you get used to situations that you may encounter while you are jockeying for millions of dollars. Nevertheless, practice at these sorts of tournaments are not nearly as important as practicing at the larger, multi-table tournaments.

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