Curious what the forum thinks is easier to do - move from cash to tournament play or tournament to cash game play. Which type of player has a bigger edge when switching formats and why?
Cash to tournament is a much easier transition. Tournament are usually more short stack play than ring cash games which tend to be deeper. in tournaments it is not uncommon to be 20-50bb most of the time. Cash ring games especially live you are 300-500bb deep a lot which is a whole different game.
+100! I still have huge problems with cash games even at 2nl... which is a bit embarrassing to admit, but I just do .
cash games are infinitely more difficult.
tournies are luckfests generally you must win lots of flips to succeed, because blinds force bets and you often are playing with a short/mid size stack... cards become very essential as opposed to cash.
What about the 7500 player donkfest freerolls on FullTilt? Those definitely take no skill to reach the final table, completely luck, lol
The transition that I've seen in books and such is to go from cash to tournaments. Personally, I'm inclined to agree with most here that tournament is easier to learn as I do better on those than I do in NL cash.
However, This could very likely be because their are so many more new and inexperienced players in the field for me to pick on, unlike at a cash table where more experienced players seem to spend their time.
I don't know there are tons and tons of fish at the cash tables all the time and they it's a lot easier to pick on them in ring that in tourney because you have an endless amount of chips given your bankroll, whereas if they suckout on you once in a tourney, you could be gone.
Cash games definitely aren't easier, but it is easier to exploit bad players over time in a cash game. Also, in a cash game, you can start to show profit from hand #1 whereas you could play for 4 days in the ME and still be out on the bubble with nothing. The reason you probably feel less pressure in a mtt than ring is because once your tournament has started, you are no longer losing any more money than you have already put in, where in a cash game, you could always buyin again and lose multiple stacks if you are having a bad night or don't play cash games well.