Originally Posted by ablack_la
I've always been a lurker on here, just reading posts, but I wanna comment.
Start playing cash games. SNG's are fine for starters, but you need to be able to play well on all streets. Cash games are the real deal, real poker. You'll have to learn to manage tricky hands like top pair, overpairs, weak two pairs. These hands get cracked alot so when you play cash you have to get good at knowing when to value bet them and when to fold them. You'll learn to manipulate the size of the pot, not let the pot get too big when you don't want it too, yet still give draws improper odds and extract value from worse hands. I used to play SNG's, since I switched to cash years ago I can't stand them. When it gets to jam-or-fold time in SNG's it's just bingo.
Another big plus to cash, you can sit down when you want/quit whenever you want. This was a big one for me as often I didn't have time sometimes to play the tourney all the way through.
So you can continue playing SNG's, but start to play cash games too. Great cash game players can adjust to tournament play well, but alot of great tourney players struggle in cash games. Negreanu is the best example. Hellmuth is another one.
Come learn the joy of the calling station/loose passive players in the cash games!
I'm actually the opposite. I was originally a cash game player, but got bored of it. Don't get me wrong, I can tango & dance with the "sharks" at the cash game tables, but I just prefer the blind/ante version of NLHE.
Yeah there's a lot of shovefest going on in STT, MTT & SnGs, but the beauty of that is when you actually make it to the flop heads up against someone that only knows how to shove/fold. It's like going up against a fish out of water haha.
You need thick skin & a lot of heart to play with turbo tournaments & definitely hyper turbos. You will get runner runner'ed, flushed on the river, beat by any two cards, river rat chasers, but making it to the final table is a sweet feeling.
I guess in cash games you can get a similar feeling when your stack is 2-3x your original buyout and everyone is at 100 BB
I just prefer tournaments over cash games. I believe I'm better in cash games and could make money doing it, but I play for fun. If I need money, I'd get a 2nd job to go with my current full time job!