Originally Posted by ckingriches
...I'm wondering if I should venture out of my comfort zone into ring games. Does anyone have any advice?
But here's my own quickie input:
1) In rings, you get to pick where you sit and for how long you sit there. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Spend some time picking juicy tables, and leave if the fish leave so you can find greener pastures. If the table is bad or if you have bad position on good players it is your
2) You don't *need* to bust anybody to make $. You can sit an hour, never see the turn, and leave the game a winner. In tournaments it's kill or be killed. You want that top-heavy payout for first place so going all-in on a coin flip when it probably means the difference between finishing 1st or 3rd it's worth it because 1st pays to much more. This is not so in rings. You need the odds
for that particular pot. So be more conservative.
3) Another reason to be conservative: In rings you are deep stacked compared to what you are in the non-early stages of a tournament, and you can rebuy. This means two things.
a) You need a better hand justify to go all-in. Typically TPTK is not enough.
b) Drawing hands like small pocket pairs can pay off bigger because when you hit you can win a bigger pot (in comparison to your investment).
Example: A nit raised in early position and you call in the BB with A/Q. The flop is Q/J/5. He raises, you re-raise, he shoves. What do you do? You fold. You are crushed, and best case scenario you split the pot.
Or, same situation, but this time you have 5/5. Now you call that 3xbb raise (knowing full well that 7 out of 8 times you'll be folding that flop), and you get paid off 100xbb's when you stack his K/K.
4) You don't get randomly moved, so the time you've spent building an image and getting reads on people lasts until they/you leave. So be sure to take advantage of that.