word type: poker slang
- A strategic approach to certain poker tournament situations that dictates a need to preserve chips and survive.
The primary reason that "tournament life" is often derided as a central element to tournament strategy is that very often it is not the most important situational aspect to consider.
This Poker Term is often over-emphasized by TV poker commentators and by people with a simple-minded approach to tournament strategy.
In a vacuum, it stands in contrast to the notion of +cEV, or taking most small edges in a poker tournament.