Poker tournaments are very different from conventional poker games for many reasons. The most important ones are: The chips change value because most tournaments are “percentage payback.” Rebuys are available early on. And, many players over adjust their playing strategy because they are aware that after the rebuy period you cannot purchase more chips. Consequently, you should make many strategy changes. Sometimes you should be trying to accumulate chips, sometimes you should be on the attack, and sometimes you should just survive. Even though Sylvester Suzuki is a pseudonym, he is a real person who understands the underlying theories that govern tournament play. This text should prove helpful to anyone who is new to this form of poker.
About the Author
Sylvester Suzuki is the pen name of a freelance writer who currently resides in southern California.
As a teenager in the late 1940s, Mr. Suzuki, who was born and raised in the Seattle area, began his poker-playing career with such penny-ante favorites as “baseball” and “spit in the ocean.” He then steadily progressed to no-limit lowball as a merchant seaman in the mid-fifties.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Washington in 1959, Suzuki departed for assignment as a civilian administrative officer with the Eight United States Army in Seoul, Korea. During a twenty-five-year career with several Department of Defense agencies, primarily in overseas areas, Suzuki was a poker-playing regular in a variety of officers clubs, bachelor officers quarters, and on-base family housing facilities.
Since his retirement in 1984, Mr. Suzuki has been playing poker primarily in the casinos of California and Nevada.