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Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal Explains How to Navigate Through the Later Stages in Tournaments

Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal
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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly December 28, 2018
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Team PokerStars pro Aditya Agarwal’s name is almost synonymous with poker in India. With his vast experience of the mind sport acquired through years of practice and a decade-long professional career, it is no wonder that Agarwal is the right man to go to for poker advice. While he has been known to coach several of India’s upcoming poker talents, the poker icon has also been making regular videos for PokerStars’ online training site, PokerStars School where he has been sharing tips and strategies for beginners and pros alike.

Agarwal had previously shared some tips and strategies to follow during the early and middle stages of a poker tournament and in his latest video, he discusses strategies for the later stages of tournament play. Agarwal starts this tutorial session by pointing out that “In the later stages of the tournament, we are already in the money and we are now approaching the final table.” He discusses three key points to keep in mind when entering the later stages:

  1. Small Ball Approach – Take the small ball approach which means raising in small bets or calling small raises to keep the pot small to conserve your stack. Pot control is the mantra.
  2. Playing With a Short Stack – If your stack gets short during the later stages, especially if it gets below 12 big blinds, then it is best to go all-in instead of open-folding or raise-folding. Players can extract best equity by shoving their entire range that will help put pressure on the opponent.
  3. Playing With a Big Stack – If you have over 15 big blinds to play with then you may look at min-raising your entire range.


Check out the video here.

Agarwal will be seen in action at the much-awaited PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas next month.

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