Originally Posted by thunder1276
what are some of the differences when playing cash games and tournaments? do you see more questionable flop in tournaments in hoping of catching a big hand a knocking someone out? i would think that you would do this more often from late in a tournament with hands like suited connectors and low to medium pocket pairs. also would you play more aggressively in a tournament or a ring game?
Most important thing in tournaments is fold equity, especially in most on-line tourneys where you have a small starting stack and fast blind levels.
If you play too tight you'll make it ITM but you won't have a stack big enough to put pressure on people and you won't be able to go for 1st place.
So you should play more aggressively in tournaments unless you are playing a deep-stacked tournament, which doesn't mean you can play super tight/passive you would be too easy to read/exploit.
Most important thing in cash games is value, blind stealing is also important but your main goal is trying to get your opponent's stack, which means the suited connector type hands are much more profitable to play in a cash game then in a tourney cause you play with deeper stacks.
In a tourney you're usually only getting the implied odds
to play speculative hands in the beginning.