This is a discussion on Double-upers vs. Small pot splashers within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; If you're someone who waits around for the double-up hands when playing cash games, what you should look for is a table at the low-end
If you're someone who waits around for the double-up hands when playing cash games, what you should look for is a table at the low-end of the stakes you play on. This is because the blinds won't widdle you down as quickly while you are waiting around for that double-up.
If you're someone who splashes around in a lot of pots and tends to take down a lot of smaller pots (few BBs), then you should play at relatively higher stakes to play at because the BBs are higher and that's what you're really going after.
For instance, let's say take say you have $100 at a $1/$2 table and it takes 5 orbits, on average, to hit your double-up hand. You've only spent $15 in blinds meaning you double up from $85 to $170. Now let's say you play at $2/$4 blinds and it takes the same 5 orbits to double-up. You've now spent $30 in blinds meaning your double up is only worth $70 and only takes you to $140.
However, if you tend to play a lot of pots (we'll say 2 per orbit) and win a small pot every other orbit (we'll say 10 BB pots for simplicity) then you're spending roughly 8 BBs to win 10-20 BBs. On a $1/$2 table that's spending $16 to win $20-$40 (a $4-$24 profit). At a $2/$4 table, that's spending $32 to win $40-$80 (an $8-$48 profit).
So, People who wait around for big pots should play in "lower" stakes tables. People who splash around and pick up a bunch of little pots should play at "higher" stakes tables.
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