This is a discussion on What to focus on cash games or tournaments? for new players within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; As a new player to poker which should i put my focus on first?
For the whole month i been smashing out the tournaments non-stop
It depends on your goals, and what your life outsider poker looks like. If your goal is to play poker for profit, then I think, the best development plan is to get practice with both cash games and SnGs, but not at the same time. Take 3-6 month, where you grind cash games, and then 3-6 month grinding SnGs. And then maybe after that move to MTTs, if you have time for them. However even if your goal is to play for profit, it will not work out well, unless you enjoy, what you are doing. So to some extend each of us need to follow our heart and play the games, which we enjoy most. So if for instance someone really hate cash games, then dont force yourself to play them.
It would be best if you played both but for me it depends on your Bankroll if you have enough money to be able to do the whole learning process in cash then I recommend that you start there but if your economic situation does not give you to be able to maintain a healthy Bankroll it better start with tournaments or sng
Cash chips are equivalent to money. They can be exchanged for money, and the winnings can be collected at any time, and if they run out, the player can buy the required amount and continue the game. In a tournament, having lost the entire stack, the player leaves the table, and the game continues until there is only one participant left - the winner.
The size of the blinds does not change during the game. In tournaments, MB and BB can grow over time.
You can enter the game with any stack within the range defined by a particular table. For tournaments the buy-in is fixed, all players start with the same stack.
The game is played at one table. The only exceptions are fast variations such as SNAP, RUSH, etc. A tournament can include multiple tables.
When choosing an online poker strategy, you shouldn't forget about these features. Many tournament players, moving to cash tables, are faced with the fact that their usual actions do not bring the expected result. This is due to the fact that the tactics that allow you to win MTTs are not always applicable to a cash game or poker strategy.
If you have little experience of playing hold'em, and you have not yet mastered complex tactics, then the strategy of playing poker cash with a short stack (20BB) will be optimal for you. Using it, you can forget about calls. This tactic is quite aggressive and aims to take the pot even preflop. Position in relation to the dealer (button) is very important for a cash game. The most profitable will be late positions: directly to the dealer and with cut-off (in front of the dealer). Only senior pairs and premium kickers are played.