Thought about Expected Value
So, we all know, or atleast most of us, that to become a successive player at poker, you need to respect the mathematics. We all know also, that playing hands with +EV is vital, if you want to make any profit, for cash games.
But is it the same in tournament poker? I dont think so ( This is just my oppinion ). This thread will turn into a debate more than likely, so say what you wanna say, I want to hear your oppinions on this.
I dont think its that important, because in cash games you're playing with money all the time. Playing +EV hands is more profitable than not.
But I dont think it is that important for tournaments, because, for example, in cash games to make a profit out of +ev hands, you need to play a lot. You cant make a profit for example playing $0.2 NLHE with a bankroll of 2 dollars, because its not enough to make a difference and play that much hands. But if you had 20 dollars for example, its plenty of enough to see a difference and a profit out of playing +Ev hands.
I dont think thats important for tournaments because every tournament you play has its own statistics. I dont think that in tournament poker +EV makes you a profitable player, but not making poor decisions does.
+EV shows the possibilities of long term profit. But the tournament will be over in 2 hours, so if you have played an +EV hand and lost it, the next time you are in the same position you will more likely to be on a different tournament, but lost the previous one. So why is it so important?
I cant exactly put my thoughts into words on a language I dont honestly speak, but I sincerely hope you understood what I meant and share your oppinions x).
Will try to give you an example tho, to simplify the information.
Today you play cash game and lost a big +Ev hand. The next day you are in the same position, but you win it. This shows profit, because you are playing with real money
. You lost 10 dollars, the next day you earned them back + a few cents profit ( for example. )
And, today you played a tournament and lost an +Ev hand. Tomorrow you are in the same position but you won the hand. This doesnt show profit in my eyes, because its in different tournaments. You placed your bets on a tournament hand, you lost it and your chances of getting into the first places decreased a lot. The next day you win it, but again there's no chance to get that money returned. But in cash games you get it immidiately.
As I said, this will turn into a debate, its what I want, share your oppinions, but DO NOT be aggressive to eachother. Nobody has to accept your oppinion just because you think you are right.