Poker Cash Games vs Poker Tournaments

Poker Cash Games vs Poker Tournaments

Poker Cash Games vs Poker TournamentsThe community of professional poker players is split into two when it comes to whether playing poker cash games or participating in poker tournaments can prove to be more worthwhile. There are those who believe that real money can only be made playing cash games and there are those who believe that participating in tournaments provides the opportunity to win big. There are very few poker players who are world class in both, one of whom is Daniel Negreanu. However, most poker players prefer to stick to one or the other and often wonder which one would be better for them, so here is a breakdown of the two.

Poker Cash Games

Most players are introduced to poker by playing cash games, even if they did not necessarily start by playing at a casino or online. Of course, it is likely obvious that poker cash games are played for cash. To be able to play a poker cash game, players often have to pay a certain buy in amount. The buy in is often higher in no limit games. Fortunately, players of all budgets can play cash games since there quite a lot of options to choose from, especially when playing online. The levels of stakes in cash games also vary, ranging from micro to high stakes.

Pros & Cons Of Poker Cash Games

Pros

  • Can be played anytime and it is possible to leave a cash game at any time
  • More chips can be purchased at any time.

Cons

  • Cash games can be quite repetitive and a player can get bored
  • Generally, more skill is required to play and win in cash games
  • There is not much variance in cash games.

Poker Tournaments

A certain amount of money along with a certain amount of money is paid by players in order to enter a poker tournament. The blinds, i.e. the forced bets that players have to make, tend to rise every twenty minutes in a tournament. As a result, players are forced to “gamble” more and the table is eventually narrowed down to the winners. The number of players that started playing at the beginning of the tournament determines the number of eventual winners. While this might already be obvious, but players participating in a tournament cannot just walk out and exchange whatever chips they have left for real money. All players have to continue betting until they have no chips left and in order to win cash, they must win the tournament or be amongst the winners if the tournament pays a certain number of the top remaining players.

Pros & Cons Of Poker Tournaments

Pros

  • Generally, less skill is required to play and win in tournament
  • It can be exhilarating to participate in a tournament and there is a chance of winning big
  • There tends to be a lot of variance in tournaments.

Cons

  • Players have to commit a lot of time in order to participate in a tournament and they have to continue playing until they no longer have any more chips
  • Apart from re-buy tournaments, it is not possible to re-buy chips and re-enter a tournament.

The style of poker that is played in cash games and tournaments end up varying greatly simply because of the fact their structure tends to be slightly different.