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Differences between Poker Tourneys & Cash Games

You will often see and hear about how some great Poker cash game players struggle in tourneys, and how tourney winners do fare as well in cash games. This is true, because there is a world of difference between the two events, and can affect the way that you will be able to play.

Of course, one of the most conspicuous is that of the scale. Cash games in casinos can consist of a few tables at most, with ten or less players. When you play in Poker tourneys, the number increases exponentially, from the hundreds to the thousands. For new players, the thought of playing in a tournament with thousands of participants is enough to unsettle them.

If you have no experience playing in Poker tourneys, it would be a good idea to play in smaller tourneys until you get comfortable with the larger scales.

Another fact that distinguishes the two is that in tournaments you will often find yourself in the company of players with wildly varying skills. Due to the wide availability of buy ins online, you will find calling stations, tourists, maniacs and professional sharks seated side by side.

In a Poker cash game, you will often compete against people with the same skill. The reason for this is the different limit levels; the higher skilled players will naturally move up to a higher limit, so you do not need to worry about facing sharks at the level you are in. However, it is also true that in some cases, high skilled players will occasionally drop down to lower levels to fish.

Also, a different mindset is required for approaching both formats. In Poker cash games, your objective is to win the big pot. All your strategies and tactics will be focused on this goal. When you are playing in a tournament, your primary objective is to first, survive the early rounds, accumulate chips, make it to the bubble, and then win the final tables.

For a lot of new Poker players, the differences between the two means that they will end up playing just one type. However, there is no law that says you cannot play or excel in both.

By learning to play in the proper way, and making the suitable adjustments to your game, you will be able to play and win in both tourneys and cash games. This of course, translates into more money for you.

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