Aside and apart from the competition and the fun factor, tournaments are a terrific way to learn new games. Here's why: The game you want to learn might not be offered at betting limits that are comfortable for you. In fact, in smaller casinos, the game might not be available at all. Without tournaments, how can you ever learn to play Omaha/8, or Razz, or Seven-Stud/8 in a card casino that has enough room for only a few Hold'em and Stud tables?
If you enter low-buy-in tourneys, you can get plenty of play for a limited amount of money. You might get to play two or three hours of Razz for a $25 buy-in. That's not enough time to let you master the game, but it will be sufficient to help you decide if you enjoy it, and whether you have a feel for the game. (For details about buy-ins, see the section called "Buy-ins and fees" in this chapter.)
Tournaments can be a powerful learning tool because your investment is limited to the cost of the buy-in; and without mounting losses to worry about, you can devote your time to becoming more knowledgeable and more proficient at a new game.
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