Monday, May 14, 2007

NL Holdem Cash Games vs SNGs - Hourly Rates

Great discussion in the comments of a recent post on ROI / Hourly Rates for Cash Games and SNGs... thought I'd try and expand on this area a little today by making some form of comparison chart between the two. Objective is to find out what level of cash compares to what level of SNGs in terms of the hourly rates...

Need to make a couple of assumptions in order to do this: We will compare 6 tables per hour of SNGs vs 3 for cash - this seems realistic in terms of the need for observation / decision making opportunities... we will use the 2005 ROI list as outlined a previous post (now have a 'jump off page for the ROI articles listed on the right) with the following 2007 adjustments (reflecting the increase in skill level due to all the training material out there!).

11s - 25% ROI = 20% in 2007 - (11*0.20)*6 = $13.20 / Hour
22s - 20% ROI = 15% in 2007 - (22*0.15)*6 = $19.80 / Hour
33s - 16% ROI = 12% in 2007 - (33*0.12)*6 = $23.76 / Hour
55s - 13% ROI = 10% in 2007 - (55*0.10)*6 = $33.00 / Hour
109s - 10% ROI = 8% in 2007 - (109*0.08)*6 = $52.32 / Hour
215s - 7% ROI = 5% in 2007 - (215*0.05)*6 = $64.00 / Hour

On the cash side of the equation we will assume 200 hands per hour at an average win rate of 5 PTBB / 100 (PTBB = 2*BB), so hourly profits below:

NL25 (BB= 25c) - $10 per hour
NL50 (BB= 50c) - $20 per hour
NL100 (BB= $1) - $40 per hour
NL200 (BB= $2) - $80 per hour

So now we can have our comparison...

$11 SNG = NL25
$22 to $33 SNG = NL50
$55 to $109 SNG = NL100
$215 SNG = NL200

All very nice, but is it any use??

Well, here are a couple of things to think about (always my objective to make you think!). Are there more fish at NL50 or NL100 cash games than in SNGs between $33 and $109??? - in my experience yes there are, especially when comparing Stars SNGs to cash on smaller sites. And what about the bankroll requirements and varience? Lower for cash?? (another post for another week me thinks).

Obviously had to simplify a few things, after all some people play 16 SNGs at the same time and others are able to get 500 cash game hands per hour... hopefully of some use though!

Gl at the Tables,

Mark

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