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Tournament Strategy During the Reentry Period with Mohsin Charania

Mohsin Charania


  • Who's gambling? Who's not? Mohsin Charania discusses reentry tournament strategy.

  • Poker pro Mohsin Charania talks strategy shifts when a tournament reentry period comes to a close.

Reentry tournaments are more popular than ever, with both single and unlimited reentry formats often popping up in lieu of traditional freeze-outs.

The three high roller events in the recently completed European Poker Tour Dublin festival all featured the single reentry format, and it was during the €10,300 High Roller that poker pro Mohsin Charania shared some thoughts with our Sasha Salinger regarding the strategy involved in such tournaments, particularly as they near the end of the reentry period.

Charania has amassed over $4.7 million in lifetime tournament earnings including a win in the EPT8 Grand Final in Monte Carlo in 2012 (for €1,350,000), a victory in the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris in 2013 (for €328,750), and another title in the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic in 2014 (for $1,177,890).

Among the topics covered by Charania are the benefits and drawbacks of single reentry events versus those with unlimited reentries, noting how the latter are often more likely to feature pro-heavy fields the deeper you get.

Charania also addresses how being short-stacked near the end of the reentry period might encourage looser play, as well as how it’s worth keeping an eye out for opponents who appear likely to gamble more in such circumstances.

He additionally notes how it can be valuable to figure out who among your opponents might be looking to avoid rebuying if they can help it, since such knowledge can be helpful when deciding whether or not to play aggressively against them. Take a look:

Charania came away from Dublin with a couple of cashes to improve his current Global Poker Index ranking to No. 70. While he wasn’t selected in last week’s inaugural Global Poker League draft, he may well be picked up as a wild card, and indeed finds a place among Donnie Peterslist of overlooked players worthy of such consideration as teams fill out their rosters.

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