Cash Games Vs. Tourneys...
I too have trouble playing cash games... last Sept I sweated at the FT (Micro-stakes) Tables to clear the full $50 in the Take-2 promo... although it did cost me $15 of my $30 bankroll to do so... and then having built a bit of confidence promptly went and lost my remaining $65 at the cash tables!! I have noticed that when playing the Micro's and I buy in for $2 there will inevitably be a player that comes along with $10 and constantly (or it seems that way) raises everyone off the pot, not based on the cards he holds but the size of his bankroll.
I have had a couple of wins in the Freeroll tourneys however, and have found that I simply 'feel' more comfortable playing this format. After all, if it's a $1 buy-in or $100 buy-in the starting chips are all the same, and everyone starts off on an even footing. I'm not that concerned when I lose a few chips as opposed to my own cash, making tourney play (for me) less tilt-able. The other plus side is that I just get more time to play poker in the tourney than I do in the cash games.
It took a while to recover from my original loss, mentally more than financially, but through studying books and refining my play, I have managed to scrape together a few bucks on about 3 different sites from zero by cashing in the freerolls
. I know there are others out there who will say that there is too much variance in tourneys to be really successful, but what better way to practice for the WSOP
than by playing tournaments as opposed to cash games?
In my view (and I'll probably get a few comments when I say this);
Cash Games are for Gamblers... Tournaments are for Poker players.