Originally Posted by jaketrevvor
Ok, firstly zach I obv respect you a massive amount as a poker player - especially in a cash game context where you seem to absolutely rape every level . I agree that the variance in MTTs is humungous compared to cash games and if I do indeed become an mtt grinder (which looks likely at least in the short term) I'm sure that there will be runs where I don't even cash for an incredibly long time. But it is this ubervariance that keeps the mtt grinding exciting imo. I know this is obv very easy to say off the back of a big score but loseloselose is a glorious precursor for the big win. I also enjoy looking at a graph steadily rise, but I enjoy more the euphoria I get when I make it to the ft and hu of a massive mtt, something that I've been lucky enough to experience twice in my life so far. Not only this but as you mentioned - having 20 ppl come and encourage you is really quite an amazing feeling as well, a mix of importance and invincibility which obv leads to happiness. So in a way I play tourneys coz I <3 railers . Overall tourneys combine a little bit of grind (not a bad thing by any means) with happy cuddly feelings so mtt > cash games which have ubergrind properties + a more subdued happiness over time which does not = euphoria.
Oh and yes, I'm BRMing like a biatch - no tourneys over $30+3, and I still can't decide how much to withdraw...
OK sounds like you've thought this through and made a smart decision. I just know several people in real life who talk about when they're 21 how since they're such great poker players, they'll go play in the big tournaments and make millions and yadda yadda yadda. Obviously you realize that's not really all that probable (as in probability=0 lol). I was just worried when you put something about a grind being a bad thing.
That's the one thing I like about good poker players in general is they not only are good at poker but have a good jump on life. They realize that nothing worth having is going to come easy, but that if you work really hard to acheive something you've got a good shot at getting there. You're probably not going to get that pro sports contract and even if you do, you're going to have to work really really hard to get there. Life is a grind, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun.
I do believe you're going to do great though. From your posts here and playing with you it's obvious you're a good player (plus I can feel like Phil Ivey with all the multi-level thinking, coming over the top of a re-raise with crap, putting you on crap as well ), and it looks like you're a better tournament player (not just based on the results, there were several plays I saw that I didn't understand at first, but when I thought about them for a while I realized how good they were). Anyway sounds like you've thought it through and are doing this for a good reason, good luck (and gl also for the rest of that $10 re-buy).
And to the OP, sorry for that hijack, but obviously the answer is pick what you're best at. I feel I'm best at cash, jt feels he's best in MTTs. Both Irexes and AG have been really successful in MTTs I believe while tenbob and ChuckTs both have been really successful in ring games (I know there are more for both, just the few that came to mind). It's just what you feel comfortable and where you do best at. Basically if you can profit from it at a reasonable rate and enjoy it, do it. Getting money from something you enjoy is always nice .