Tournament Play differs from cash ring play.
Originally Posted by aliengenius
our goal isn't to win the most tournament chips here, it's to make the decision that will win the most actual real dollars long term.
Yes, you're right. I should clarify something that I've been taking for granted in these conversations. I'm only
talking about tournament play, where we all get a certain amount of chips to start with, and the goal is to win the tournament holding all the chips.
You're absolutely right to point that out. I keep forgetting to stress that point, probably because I almost never play ring games anymore. On page 14 of Sklansky's "Tournament Poker" he outlines 10 "differences" between tournament poker and cash ring poker. I don't want to re-type them here, but they're pretty significant.
If I was to add an 11th difference to Sklansky's list, it would be:
11. There's a constant trade off between "survival" and "winning the whole shebang". Using good cash ring skills will immediately get good players to the final tables, but winning the tournament requires adjustments to their game, so that they have enough chips to compete in the latest stages.
At least, that's what I found, but I might not be good enough to make that blanket statement.
I would be interested to know how well good solid players do in tournaments, without any
adjustments to their game at all, in these days of the Jackal.
In Phil Hellmuth's 300 page book, there is one sentence that I think was the most powerful idea I've ever seen so far, regarding tournament play: "Isolate the Jackal."
That's one way to get the chips you need to win.