April 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm #25127AnonymousInactive
This article was posted at http://www.macaudailytimes.com.mo/business/35135-PROJECT-POKER-Cash-Games-Tournaments-Part.html and written by Team PokerStars Pro – Bryan Huang
You may be a cash game regular at your weekly home game or grinding it out daily at Pokerstars Macau and often wondered what the key differences are compared to tournaments. I will be highlighting the key differences you should look out for in this article.
The biggest difference is that your chips in a tournament is finite. Unlike in a cash game where you can reload till your bank account goes empty, you only get a set amount of chips to work with and when you lose them all you are out of the tournament. As a result, the way chips are used in tournaments varies from a cash game. In a cash game you should often take get your chips in on any spots which you feel are slightly ahead or as we say Â“+EVÂ” (positive expected value) because even if you lose in the short run, you will turn a profit in the long run.
However in a tournament you should often fold in marginal spots even though you may feel you are slightly ahead because you could save those chips for a situation where you would have a bigger edge.
Another difference would be the blinds in tournaments which increase to force the action which ensures that your tournament will not take a month to finish. The key point to take note of with blind increases is your ability to manoeuvre a stack of various sizes. You would find yourself with a deep stack similar to cash games (e.g. 150 Big blinds) and before you know it be only left with a medium or short stack of 30 or 10 big blinds. As your stack sizes change, your strategy has to change too.
The importance of stealing blinds in a tournament is far greater then in a cash game. In a tournament, as a result of rising blind levels, the successful steal of the blinds & antes can equate to a large increase in your overall stack size. However in a cash game, the purpose of stealing blinds will be to play for a bigger pot, to take the initiative, or for your overall game play image.
A successful stealing of the blinds in a cash game will only increase your stack by a small percentage and the likelihood of people folding to your raises is far less. In a tournament you will often be forced to steal Â– and not raise purely for value Â– to ensure your stack stay healthy. Position will now play a far greater role in your success rate of stealing.
In the next article I will touch on the importance of fold equity and the importance of bubble play and cashing deep in tournaments because that is where your profit will show.
June 27, 2012 at 10:35 am #25128jack brownMember
Now thinking to try this..
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