Poker Tournaments vs Poker Cash Games
If you are a serious poker player chances are that at some period of time, there comes a moment in your life that makes you think about your current standing.
At this crossroads you are already making money through cash games but there is a certain itch inside your heart which makes poker tournaments a point of huge attraction.
This lure can be due to the rising popularity and the high stakes involved in the poker tournaments. The other reason can be the fact that majority of the professional poker players choose to specialize in both the disciplines.
For the newly initiated poker players, one must go through the factors related with poker tournaments and the cash game in order to opt for the right one. It must be noted that apart from different variations and betting styles in poker, there are also different formats. These two main formats come in the form of
- Cash Games
- Poker Tournaments
This is an initial format for all the players who start playing poker. It might not be totally wrong if we say that this is the real thing which involves actual gambling and does not involve playing for chips, matchsticks or coupons. As the name implies, you play for hard cold cash. All of the casinos and online poker sites provide games under this format.
In cash games, there is always a minimum buy-in based upon the size of the stakes involved. In no-limit poker games sometimes there is also a condition of maximum buy-ins.
As this format involves real money, you can use it for training by opting for small stake games. When you are confident enough then you can make some real money by playing against new fishes. Cash games allow a player to
- Join and leave the game as per his/her wish.
- Play any time.
- Play at own terms with a choice of any amount of money as bankroll.
- Re-buy chips during the course of game.
- Have stable blind levels.
This format can involve two players competing against each other in a game of poker or thousands of players playing against each to be part of the finals of a tournament. The one who wins all the chips against his contenders is declared as the winner.
The quality of players in this format can vary, ranging from professional players to just beginners with little experience. In order to participate in a poker tournament, all the players are required to deposit the same amount of money for chips along with the required admittance fee. The amount deposited by the players minus the entry fees becomes the part of the jackpot.
In majority of the popular tournaments, blinds can start from £10 and £20 and can rise with passage of fixed time period. This escalation in the size of the blinds nudges the players to gamble more rather than playing a conservative game waiting for the right set of cards.
While playing in a tournament one must always keep in mind that the chips issued are for that particular one only. You may win a number of chips during the game but you cannot cash them for real money. In order to get paid you are required to finish the positions first. Poker Tournaments require that
- A player must get registered for the participation.
- Must play till the end of the positions/allotted chips.
- No re-buy is permitted.
- Blind levels increase with the passage of fixed time period.