Final Table

Final Table: how to get to the final table of poker tournaments

Have you ever wondered how to get to the final table of poker tournaments? Try applying this method and you will see that with Final Table surprises will not be lacking!

With this new software I present to you a tool to try to get more and more often to the final table of online poker tournaments giving a hard time even to real professionals!

Final Table: origin of the method

This game system is inspired by David Sklansky's famous method.

If you did not know this story, know that everything starts on the day when the player is a mathematician David Sklansky, was called by a friend of his, owner of various casinos in Las Vegas: the call was to ask for help to train the daughter of the tycoon, in view of the imminent tournament of the famous WSOP (World Series of Poker).

It was not an easy task, far from it! Sklansky thus decided to create a simple and quick to learn method, which anyone could follow, based (based on a table) only on two possible actions: allin or fold.

For all the details on Sklansky's original method, I invite you to do a simple Google search.

The method described here, on the other hand, has in common with Sklansky's only the fact of admitting (but only in about 80% of cases), the two actions foreseen fold / allin but, as we will see shortly, it is based on very different reasoning .

The logic behind this method allows those who apply it to eliminate even the best players, depriving them of practically every advantage in the post flop game and allowing even the less experienced to beat the most skilled players.

Final Table: Lin the logic of the strategy

The goal of Final Table, is that of reach the final table remaining absolutely on average (average) with the chips and above all playing as few hands as possible.

Why? The reason is simple: if you have two aces, you need to know that if you go all in and an opponent calls you with KK, you have about an 80% chance of winning.

Having 80% probability on your side is great, but this does not mean that you will win 100%, but rather 80%, that is on average every 10 times this thing happens, you will win 8 times and you will lose. 2 times.

In a tournament, unlike the cash game, losing an allin almost always means being eliminated, so even if you have two aces, you must know that you will have to lose on average at least one in five times against a player who has any other pair. .

Ultimately then, if you play less, you are also less likely to encounter the hand that gets you out.

But what is the minimum number of hands you have to play to make it to the final table of a tournament?

How to get to the final table of the poker tournaments: ithe number of double ups

To better understand the concept, let's take a practical example: in an online tournament with 1.000 participants and 1.500 starting chips, we will have that the average of the chips at the final table (if made up of 9 players), will be (1.000 * 1.500): 9 = 166.666 chips.

The important question is: how many hands will I have to play 'at least' to reach that stack?

The answer is simple: just 7 hands (multiplying 1.500 * 2 * 2 ... you exceed 166.666 after 7 double-ups).

Obviously for many reasons you will never be able to do 7 consecutive double-ups and all your entire stack but, as you can see, potentially playing and doing only 7 double-ups, you really can get to the final table!

The program I have created provides a very specific strategy to achieve this goal.

Basically I have selected a series of hands to be played almost only in allin based on the number of active opponents at the table.

The selection is such that with Final Table we almost always have a certain statistical advantage over our opponents, in the sense that statistically our opponent, calling our allin, will be more frequently at a disadvantage than an advantage, then obviously the board can give pleasant surprises or not, but at least preflop we will start more often at an advantage or at a disadvantage and this in the long run means earning!

How to get to the final table of poker tournaments: game loose or tight?

With Final Table as your stack decreases due to the blinds in relation to the average, your play becomes looser (open), while if you are on average the selection of hands to go all in with will be narrower (tight play) .

Also, unlike the Sklansky method, you will also play some hands seeing the flop and deciding whether to move in or fold accordingly.

Although it is a very simple method to follow, you will see that it requires strict discipline to apply it and it is not at all easy not to be tempted by some outside the box, especially when you are left with few chips and you are served some seemingly decent hand but which will promptly be just worse than that of the opponent who will call, that is, just enough to be eliminated.

Rather make the stack erode from the blinds to the end, but never make moves not foreseen by Final Table, try it and you will have some pleasant surprises!

Obviously once reached the final table you must abandon the method and play as best you can, knowing that you already have a guaranteed prize seat.

After this necessary introduction, let's finally see how the program is used.

How to use Final Table

This is the main screen, as well as the only one of Final Table.

The column on the left contains the vertical list of the only hands you can play (from A9 to AA therefore).

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To use the program, simply enter your stack in the 'Stack'when we receive one of these hands and the average tournament stack in the panel'AVG', which can be easily obtained in any poker room by clicking on the information panel of the tournament.

Once these 2 data have been entered, just click on the button Verify Attack! and one of the ten white columns will light up in a different color and indicate what your action should be.

So if you are at the start of the tournament with Stack 1500 and the average (AVG) of the tournament is 1500 and you receive KK you will adjust as follows:

  • if after you more than 6 players have to talk (I remind you that the program is calibrated only for tournaments with tables of 9 participants including you) you will have to fold (yes you got it right, fold KK and forget about it);
  • if 6 or fewer players have to speak after you, go all in without delay.

That's all! The same goes for all the other hands, just insert your stack, the average stack and click on the check button; based on the column that lights up, you will read horizontally (based on the number of players who have yet to speak) what you need to do.

Cont the active players at the table

If by chance before your turn there has already been a raise or an allin, this player (or these if more than one), is counted as if he were to speak after us, so, returning to the example above, if you have KK and the second column is lit up (as in the picture) and there was a raise before us and after us 5 players still have to talk, 5 + 1 = 6 so: Allin!

If instead as in the same case before there is a raise and a call and when it's our turn after 5 players still have to talk, we have that: 1 (raise) + 1 (call) + 5 (unknown) = 7 and therefore 'fold ', as predicted by the second column on the horizontal row of the KK hand.

Well, this is the method in a nutshell, let's now see what the other FC and M% values ​​you see in the figure are for.

How to get to the final table of the poker tournaments: l'M% indicator

The (non-modifiable) value M% expresses the percentage of your stack in relation to the tournament average, so if your stack is 2.000 chips but the average of all other players is 4.000, it means that your M% will be 50% than that of the tournament and a double-up will be urgent as soon as possible, in fact from 50% down, your game will be based on the last column on the right and therefore will be much more 'open' (loose).

Conversely, if your stack is 5.000 chips and the average of the other players is 3.000, the M% value will be at 166% and the first column will light up, leading you to play much, much more closed, or 'ultra tight' .

Final TableIthe FC parameter

The FC value very simply means 'torque factor' and expresses a precise percentage of our current stack (5% to be exact).

What purpose does it serve? When you are dealt a pair you already know what to do based on the pattern you know, however a pair will also turn into three of a kind sometimes (about 12%), so even if the pattern says to fold, but seeing the flop costs you at least or less than the value indicated by the FC factor, the rule is to call.

If you hit three of a kind on the flop you go allin (please, no slowplay!) Same thing if you don't close three of a kind but your pair is higher than the three cards on the flop (example: you have two tens and the flop comes 2-4-8 ), in all other cases you check until a possible show down or fold to the opponent's minimum bet.

How to get to the final table of poker tournaments: money zone calculator

By clicking on the blue / yellow arrow symbol on the right, a small but useful calculator appears or disappears in the lower part of the program, in which by entering the total number of players in the tournament and the number of seats paid, by clicking on the Calc AVG Stack button, it will be It is possible to know exactly the stack to reach for a prize seat and the stack to guarantee us a seat at final table.

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These data will be very useful for developing slowplay strategies before the fateful bursting of the bubble, i.e. when the last player before the money zone is eliminated.


The method Final Table ends here, simple right? I assure you that behind it there is really a lot of statistics and to start doing a minimum of practice I suggest you try it at mini sit & go tournaments with no less than 3 tables (27 players) strictly of the non 'short stack' type.

The tournaments that best fit this strategy are obviously 'deep stack' ones and with very long duration levels (pro structure).