Poker is my favorite hobby, only matched by my love for video games. I have ten+ years of poker experience to share in my poker game guides!
Be the King!
King of the Table is one of the frequent events in the WSOP mobile game. In this guide, I am going to teach you how to win the most chips playing it.
Once there was a Queen of the table event. Outside of a name change and some visual changes, this event was mostly the same.
To keep things simple, I will refer to these events as King of the Table only.
How Does King of the Table Work?
King of the Table Is Complex
King of the Table is the most complex game mode you can play in WSOP. It will take some time to explain how it works.
The game begins by using standard Texas hold ‘em.
At the start of every hand, each player has to pay an ante. This is called the King's tax.
There always will be a king on the table. If a table just started, the king will be the first person to win a hand.
What Do You Get for Being a King?
If you can stay king for so many rounds, you will win the King's Jackpot. The king also does not have to pay the King's Tax.
The number of rounds can be different for the current event. I have seen it as high as ten and as low as three rounds.
What Is the King’s Jackpot?
When somebody wins a hand and becomes king, this creates a target pot. If the king wins another hand, this pot will go up.
The target pot goes down when other players win.
The goal is for the king is remain king long enough to win the Jackpot.
The goal of the other players is to win hands to lower the Target Pot.
If another player wins a hand greater than the Target Pot, they become the new king. The old king does not win the Jackpot.
Read More From Levelskip
How Does King of the Table Change How People Play Texas Hold ‘Em
People Are More Aggressive
People tend to be more aggressive with hands they think are winning.
They know if they win a big pot, the target pot will be high. Some people I have seen were much more willing to go all-in preflop with strong hands.
People Freeze up When Close to Winning the Jackpot
People often play with low bankrolls. Winning the King’s Jackpot is a huge boost for these players. People tend to pay very close attention when they are close to winning it.
They will be more likely to avoid risky plays.
Some People Do Not Adjust at All
I also noticed some people make no adjustments at all. They play as if they are playing on a standard table.
How to Win More Chips Playing King of the Table
Standard Hold 'Em Play Doesn't Work
The usual strategy does not work well in King of the Table.
You will not get good hands often enough to make up for chips lost to the King's tax. You will also not become king and win the jackpot often either.
You Need to Win Big Hands
You need to win big hands to win the King’s Jackpot.
If you are not playing to win the King’s Jackpot, then playing this mode is pointless. You will pay more chips to antes and win fewer chips overall.
Raise Hands Preflop
I already do this most of the time anyway, but if you don’t, you should.
Try raising more often before the game crowns a new king.
You want to establish an image of being an aggressive player. This will help later one when you do make a good hand.
Go All-In With Strong Hands
Don’t be afraid to go all-in preflop with hands like QQ+ and AQ+.
In King of the Table, we need to win big hands. If you can afford to take the extra risk, this is something to consider.
Bet Big With Strong Hands
If you have the best hand, bet huge or go all-in with it.
Smart players will fold. But if you do get called and win, chances are you stay king for the required rounds afterward.
What to Do After Winning a Big Hand?
If you do become king after a huge win, this is great!
Now you need to change gears as chances are high nobody will beat the Target Pot.
People tend to play timid and passive most of the time. Still, play a good hand in position, though. Don't give up playing completely. But you can safely fold most hands now.
If You Cannot Be King Be Passive
Even after winning, chances are you will not be king. Still play to win chips if you have a strong hand. But try to wait until there is a new king.
People Will Play More Tight When King
Often the king will start to avoid playing huge hands when they are close to getting the Jackpot. There is not much you can do at this point.
You could try semi-bluffing to see if you get folds. You are more likely to win at least some small pots doing this.
Leave the Table If Things Are Not Going Well
If you are at a table and the other players never give you a chance to become king, leave the table. You will have to pay many antes and lose chips.
© 2020 Eric Farmer