Thursday, September 04, 2008

Moving From Tournaments To Cash - Thought Provoking Forum Post

Not going to re-open the decades old debate on skill levels between tournaments and cash games... however I would like to pass on a piece of 'advice' which came up in a forum thread recently which was requesting tips for a lower stakes player moving from tournaments (SNGs?) over to cash games.

Can not recall where it was or I'd give you a link... oh and thinking of disclaimers I am not saying this is correct - just something that is worthy of some thought, both in immediate consequences and longer term strategy... it is short but sweet:

'Don't overplay big pairs after the flop in cash, there are too many set miners in these online games'

I like this one - after all, if the betting gets really big on the turn or river in a cash game it is far from certain that your overpair will be good! Of course, we need to balance making good laydowns with getting value those times top pair / overpair hands are good.... hmmmm.

In tournament we also play deep stacked for a while at least. Here the dangers are less marked, weak opposition coupled with the pressure to accumulate chips mean that these hands can and should be played fast.

Well, there is a lot more to it than this - however as a 'nugget' for the less experienced cash player I think it works!

GL at the tables, Mark

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