Deepstack poker tournaments are basically tournaments where the starting amount of chips is far bigger than the blind level.

For example, in a more conventional tournament you start with 1000 chips and have a initial blind level of 10/20, this means that you have 50 big blinds. On the other hand, in a deep stack tournament you would start with more like 5,000 maybe 10,000 chips with the same blind level potentially giving you 500 big blinds to play with. Furthermore, in a conventional tournament you would expect to see blind levels increase every 10-15 minutes whereas in a deep stack tournament you are more looking between 20-30 minutes for blind increases.

This means that a different sort of strategy is needed for deepstack tournaments, you are better off waiting to be dealt a premium hand, if you do this you can then pile the chips in when you do catch a premium hand.

In every sense a deepstack tournament is identical to a freezeout in structure all that changes is the time between blind increases and the amount of starting chips.

Related terms on

  1. Freezeout
  2. Tournament
  3. Blind
  4. Wait for Big Blind
  5. BvB
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