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Friends, I've always wondered who are the best players, cash game players or tournament players? Who can adapt better, the player who goes from tournaments to cash game or the one who goes from cash game to tournaments? What do you think?
In cash games, there is no growth of blinds, you control the time you want to play at this table, you can wait for the arrival of good cards. The stacks are deep, which allows you to play more tactical poker and set more traps. I think hands reaching the showdown in cash games are stronger than in the tournament game.
A large number of people play in tournaments. The blinds are constantly growing, there is less margin for error and more risk in tournaments. preflop all-ins are very common here, even without a strong hand. In tournaments, you need to act faster and always use every good opportunity to get chips.
If you compare players, I think players play more thoughtful, tactical and calculating poker. But the difference is more pronounced in professionals, average players usually play about the same in both cash games and tournaments.
There is kind of two completely different games. If you follow a strategy of course.
In cash, your main objective is to accumulate money in a fast way.
You have to play with 100bb and you can go all in. If you lose, you just bring more money to the table.
In tournaments, your main objective is to get 'ITM' (In the money).
You have to pick the spots where you wanna make a move, and you have to pick them really carefully. Because if you lose, that's it. You cant continue playing.
In my personal opinion, there is an edge for those players that play cash and register to a tournament, because they know how to pick better spots that those players that play tournaments regularly and go to a cash table.
To answer your question, you need to go through one of these game paths yourself.I prefer a lot of table tournaments and I don't play cash.So I think that probably everyone chooses their own path and learns all the power in it regardless of how they came to i.