Originally Posted by baudib1
Cash games are like infinity more complex than tournament poker. I mean there are the very rare spots that are like, "Do I 7-bet shove on Jon Duhamel with $9 million on the line with A7o?" but most tournament spots are totally solved.
I think tournament poker is much harder both mentality and strategically. AIPF with aces and having them cracked is nowhere near as bad as AIPF with aces in a 4000 field MTT on the final table bubble where pay shoots up massively and having them cracked by chip leader with A7o when you're in second place. It takes days to recover from hands like that. Cash games just reload and just think its right, +ev is never bad. Torunament you have to think how long it will take to get into that position again. Also tournaments have so many different aspects that I said earlier, every hand late on is important, every button you have to look at the steal and every blind you have to think whether you can defend it. Tournaments are infinitely harder than cash games as you have to be good at full ring, short-stacked, deep-stacked, short handed and heads up.
Also it wasn't really $9 million on th eline, it was $3.5 million. You only need to look at how Matt Affleck went out that year to see how much more painful tournament poker is.