Originally Posted by malvina
Thanks fpr answering.
I am just practising with Play money - no tournament or cash
Think there might be a terminology problem here
A 'cash' game (whether you're using actual money, or play money) is a game that in theory never ends - you just pull up a seat, put a pile of money in front of you, play away and leave whenever you like with the money you have in front of you.
Online, you'll know it's a cash game because you'll be asked how much money you want to put on the table when you first sit down.
A tournament (and I'm including sit and go's under tournaments, because the principle is the same) is a different kind of game.
In a tournament, everybody pays an entry fee to enter the game, and everybody starts with the same amount of chips on the table. They start either at a pre-determined time, or when a pre-determined number of people sign up.
Online, you'll know you're playing in a tournament if you had to sign up for the game in a 'tournament lobby' and pay an entry fee (again, either play or real money
When you lose all the chips you have on the table, you're out of the tournament (unless it's a rebuy tournament... but don't worry about that for the moment). You win a tournament by being the last person left with chips. All the entry fees go into a prize pool, and prizes go to the top place finishers. In a nine-player sit and go tournament, for example, everybody pays an entry fee and cash prizes go to first, second and third place.
The difference between a tournament and a cash game is that once a tournament has started, you can't take your money back off the table - to win some money, you have to finish in one of the top places. This might be the problem you're having.