This is a discussion on Which is better cash or tournaments ? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; for you that it is better to play cash tables or tournaments, I speak in terms of which modality has more profitability
There are too many players in the tournament, you can get knocked out by accident. Of course, the cash is better, there are fewer people, although they play more carefully, but it is sometimes more profitable.
tournaments are typically full of weaker players, but have lots of variance. Cash is easier to build a BR and for coming and going as you please. Also doesn't tie you to your computer for 8 hours straight.
If you want to make money routinely, cash is better and it also doesn't need scheduling, you can play when having free time.
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For me i play tourneys, buy-ins are low prizes are big, although you might have to try multiple times to win. thats why i play multi-tabling.
in cash games few people and in one hand might double you up but also the opposite.
I read comments that say that tournaments can knock you out and bye and I think that is not the case, although both styles are profitable and you have to know how to play if you want to professionalize in the world of poker, each one has totally different strategies and let me tell you that both are profitable as long as you maintain discipline and a solid strategy
Cash you can live forever, tournaments you play to survive.
(And I don't care what anyone says, to get to the final table you HAVE to have some luck, you have to hit a river card you did not expect, you can NOT play straight forward poker in tournament poker and hope to get to the final table, you have to use bluffs, and you have to have "some" luck) Just how it goes.
You have to set aside a lot of ego in tournament strategy, for cash it really is a per hand game only, you play a whole different game for each and a different mindset for each. (You use your tells ability as your equity gain at a cash game, you build a database in your head lol)
Many of the highest cash game earners are horrible at tournaments and vice versa. (I can find stats to prove this, but too lazy)
I would go as far to say its in comparison to be like Boxing vs MMA! Or whatever, you get the idea. You are playing on a whole different mindframe per hand. The technicalities might be the same, but the style in which you apply your tools vary almost to a difference of night and day due to pot odds for the hand and what it is you want to accomplish as an overall goal long term. That is my take on the difference
Also, in tournaments you will find more people that "care" about the game where as cash games you will find a lot more "gamblers" - That is not to say all poker players are equally like that, just in tournament poker, you will find people that do not make silly moves to get lucky, that is if the tournament is for actual money and not for free or for a super cheap buy in. Then it can just turn to a roll the dice type game at times.
But what's interesting in tournament poker, is that as the blinds/antes increase, you almost always have to play in a gambling sense, otherwise the blinds/antes will just eat you up. Its the stages of tournament poker which make the game so unique and strategic. Cash, each hand and orbits of betting is a single game within itself and it restarts each time.
Thats my inference on the difference as a basic thought, I could dabble into more detail of what I think, but I want to keep it short and just off the head without going to actual references etc
I only play Tournaments anymore. I used to only play cash game and I had to realize it wasn’t profitable for me. (i realy hate cash games). Which is more profitable? it changes as an individual, i think both.
I think both are about the same. Tournaments can take a little time for your money as in cash games can either gain cash quickly or lose it quickly, that is why for myself I prefer tournaments over cash games :O)
for you that it is better to play cash tables or tournaments, I am talking about which modality has more profitability
The 2 modalities are played differently in tournaments you have to be more conservative and have a lot of patience and in the cash game you have to be a player with a lot of self control because you will face more aggressive loose players and where you will play many more hands than you would. you will play in a tournament.
So if you like competition and you are a conservative player with patience it will be very profitable for you to dedicate yourself to tournaments, but if you like to play aggressive and loose and you have self control of your game and your bank you can dedicate yourself to cash game.
Actually, you will do better and it will make more profitable where you feel more comfortable playing.
I mix and play both. Can't compare them because, as they both have their own learning curves. I started off with cash tables, but then progressed to MTTs to target mainstream tournaments in the interest of learning.
I prefer tournaments, they have a long distance that contributes to getting into prizes, rather than cash games. But cash games will appeal to those who want to raise or lower their money faster, it all depends on how much skill you are and how lucky you are in poker.
I love playing tournaments, even though I started out with cash games. There are friends who play only cash games, but they do not like tournaments and bring less profit. Everything is individual here, the main thing is to get pleasure from the game
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The cache game has deeper stacks, the stack size can be kept constant, more room for maneuver, and the game is more thoughtful and less risky. You increase or lose your bankroll by playing each hand.
In tournaments, the stack size is constantly decreasing, you need to constantly act so that the blinds do not destroy your stack. There are times when you need to play more tight, there is a period when you can open almost any two cards. You can win a large amount, but you need to play many hours of continuous play, and if you lose, you lose only one buy-in.
I think that in the long term you can have profits from both, depending from the level and the quality of the game you play. Now which one is more profitable depends from your choise. You can make them equally profitable!
Hello, it is very personal, the two modes have their good and bad things, such as schedules for example for part of a tournament and you do not know when it ends. it is to one's liking and depends on the objectives and purposes for which she plays. Cheers