when playing a cash game versus a tournament is there a differant strategy that you use ? I cant seem to pick up any money from cash games but seem to do ok in tounaments.
Cash games are simple in a way because there's no changing blinds or player pool adjustments you need to make; you play good hands and that's it. In tournaments you need to consider many more factors to play as close to perfect as possible like stack size in relation to blinds, players remaining, ICM, stuff like that. So read up on tournament strategy to see if that's more your thing.
Very good post right here because its on the money tournaments have so many factors to consider before. thank youCash games are simple in a way because there's no changing blinds or player pool adjustments you need to make; you play good hands and that's it. In tournaments you need to consider many more factors to play as close to perfect as possible like stack size in relation to blinds, players remaining, ICM, stuff like that. So read up on tournament strategy to see if that's more your thing.
You are contradicting yourself in this post. If cash games were really instant profits with minimal effort and time then why are you doing better in the harder more complicated environment? I'll answer that for you. Because they are both complicated and difficult.Tournaments require patience and waiting for the right hands to play. Cash games can produce instant profits with minimal effort and time. I too prefer to play tournaments as I normally do better in them.
There are many books and articles about the difference between cash games and tourneys. I'll share some of the common differences that I agree with here. Tournaments tend to draw more casual weaker and recreational players. I'm by no means saying the whole field is like this. But new guys trying poker are more likely to try a small buy in tournament where they get to potentially play for hours for a small investment like they saw on TV. Cash games usually require a larger upfront investment all of which can be lost on any given hand if you're playing NLHE. This can scare away weaker players as well. Again, this is not to say there aren't huge fish and whales that show up to cash games and dump hundreds of BB quickly. I'm just talking about what is more likely. There are tons of different tournament formats from heads up to thousands of players MTT from Hyper Turbos to 50 minute+ blind levels so there are different skill sets that will be needed for different formats but in general as the blinds and antes go up in a tournament in order to be a successful tournament player you have to either be uber lucky or you need to understand and excel at short stack poker. In many tournament formats your stack depth can be 20-50BB for much of the time. You will also not be able to be as patient or tight in a tournament as you will blind and ante off your stack. This is vastly different than cash (especially live cash) where you can buy in for 100-300 BB and see 500 BB stacks at the table. You will also find OMCs, nits, rocks in cash games that only wait for top 5% hands to play. On the up side, unless you're playing some type of zoom format you are likely getting to sit at the same table for longer with the same players in a cash game which can give you more reads. Other players are reading you as well though so if you have leaks in your game they may identify and exploit them after a while. In my opinion I don't think either format is "easier" they are just different. What is "hard" in my opinion is being able to consistently not only make the money but run deep in the larger field tournaments where the real profit is made. This is also widely agreed upon that a good tournament player could go on a much longer downswing than a good cash player depending on the tournament format. The big upside of the tournaments is obviously making the final table in a big MTT where your ROI is going to crush that of a cash game player. But how often can you realistically final table a large MTT? It's debatable but realistically you have to play great and win a bunch of coin flips and probably suck out a few times and be lucky enough for others not to suck out on you too much. This kind of turned into a long rambling post, sorry hope it helps a bit anyways.when playing a cash game versus a tournament is there a differant strategy that you use ? I cant seem to pick up any money from cash games but seem to do ok in tounaments.