Amateur poker: Best low buy-in tournaments

There are so many different types of poker tournaments, it can make your head spin if you are not a regular player! There are low stakes, high stakes, sit n go’s, MTTs, bounties, deep stacks and many more. Then you have poker variances like draw, stud and community card poker. If you are looking for amateur poker competitions, the best low buy-in tournaments are a good place to start.

If you are relatively new to poker you won’t want to go straight to the casino and take part in some high stake game. You risk coming home with no money and feeling humiliated. It is better to play amateur poker and look for the best low buy-in tournaments - you will gain important skills that will help you become a better poker player.

If you are a decent player you could check out the Amateur Poker Association and Tour (APAT). They have many regular events around the UK and Ireland. These events are well set up and well run, and entry typically ranges between £50 and £250.

They hold many different tournaments including the English Amateur Poker Championship, Irish Amateur Poker Championship, Welsh Amateur Poker Championship and the European Poker Championship. In addition, they run smaller tournaments and play other variances of poker like Omaha, HORSE, Stud and Razz.

If you are a rookie and don't feel ready for these amateur tournaments you would be better off playing local bar tournaments or hosting poker nights with your friends for practice.

Joining bar poker leagues is a good way to introduce yourself to tournament play and learn new skills that will help you develop as a poker player. Don’t run before you can walk! Many enthusiastic amateurs think they will make it as a professional poker player but the reality is that you have to be very lucky to do this.

There are a lot of places to play amateur poker and find the best low buy-in tournaments. Which is the best one for you really depends on your poker experience and ability. The APAT have some great events and are definitely worth a look if you are a decent player. If you feel like you aren’t ready for that, host poker nights with your friends or join a bar league.

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