This is a discussion on Cant decide what to stick to! within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hi everyone - I need some help.
Ive been playing poker in 3 years, and tried all forms of formats, but I cant decide what format
Ive been playing poker in 3 years, and tried all forms of formats, but I cant decide what format I should stick to. Yeah, the one I enjoy the most but I enjoy to play different formats from time to time.
I like these formats the most.
The big win are motivating, and the rush a final table gives you is just incredible. The ultimate poker-dream would be to earn money from tournaments, and I think this format is the most exciting one to play.
One the other side, holy moly you are really chained to your chair all day and night long if you go deep, and I dont know if i could handle all the hours you have to play in the long run. - Bottom line, my tenacity is very bad. After 6-7 hours of play i tend to make bad moves because i get tired and unfocused.
Im a winning player in this format with a little sample of over 980 tourneys.
Cash games 6-max
This is the format i have played the most and studied the most. I have read blackrains book and many others, watching a lot of youtube clips and streams.
Its also through cashgames i mostly have build my bankroll grinding NL2, NL5 and now NL10.
I like cash game for the freedom you have, but on the other hand it feels like an endless grind without a big prize on the Top of it, like in mtts.
Profitable in cash games with above 120k of hands played.
Sngs 45-180 field.
I feel like sngs is already a solved game. People stick to their pushfold charts and dont make any moves early on.
I played sngs when i first tried poker for real money and it went well. I got kinda addicted to the structure, because for only 1-2 hours of play you could get a lot of money if u ended in top3.
- Sngs are fun from time to time, but I dont think its a format i would stick to full time.
- Have you ever been confused what to stick to? I really want to specialize ONE thing to master it. Not just to be decent at everything.
Do any of you have any advice?
I have read the sentence "Play the one you enjoy the most" over and over again, when i made my reseach on the internet. I enjoy to play all formats from time to time, but I dont think i would improve skillwise if i continue to play all different formats.
I really hope to get some advices,
17th December 2016, 10:11 AM
... i think the money is generally in mtts , i don't agree you can only learn one thing though , i think playing other things actually helps you to look at the game as a whole .. i like cash games a lot , money is good there too , that's what i play the most .. because i like to play when i want and for as long or as little as i want , i don't bother with sngs generally , ... except some pl08 ones sometimes .. don't play the nlhe ones .. the play is boring and the money is not worth the time to me , maybe play mtts when you have the time and play some cash games on the side lol , merry christmas
17th December 2016, 10:20 PM
Have you heard, "Variety is the spice of life."
Only you can determine whats best for you, but I like to mix it up. The time factor is a big deciding factor. If I don't have the time then I can't play in a MTT.
Play what makes you happy and hopefully the most money. I also think each form of poker complements the other and continues the learning process.
18th December 2016, 1:08 AM
Online Poker at: PokerStars
re: Poker & Cant decide what to stick to!
It is necessary to play in a format where you have a profit. I do not like cash games. For me it is very boring and tedious. I prefer to play Zoom and MTT.
Good luck in the game and life
18th December 2016, 1:10 AM
If your goal is to profit. You have to play your most profitable format. If it is to learn and expand your game (I highly recommend). Then use the profit for your best format to advance the others. Simple math.......
18th December 2016, 4:29 AM
Online Poker at: BetOnline
I play cash games through the week and MTTs on the weekends, pretty fun for me
18th December 2016, 5:42 AM
karl coakley 
Poker at: ACR
I personally think the best bet is to combine them. Usually I play cash games while I'm playing a tournament or two. You can pretty much sit on a cash game and wait for hands. As the blinds move, you are forced to widen your range and play more hands in a tournament. I focus on the tournament and just skim the cash games. Keeps me from getting bored and playing hands I shouldn't.
I do not play 6max which is a much faster game (I play full ring) so this may not be an option, but its my first thought.
18th December 2016, 9:37 PM
re: Poker & Cant decide what to stick to!
Thanks for all the good answers, much inspiring.
- I think ive answered my own question with "What do you want to achieve with poker"
Ill stick to Mtts for now at the lowest stakes. Even tho i have played 980 tourneys and im profitable, i dont feel confident at this format to play higher atm.