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Top 10 reasons poker players should choose cash games over tournaments

1 June 2020

By Nathan Williams
People often ask me if they should play cash games or tournaments. And my answer is that you should play the format that you enjoy the most.

However, for somebody who is on the fence and likes to play both, I would recommend cash games for a number of reasons.

After all, most long-term professional poker players play cash games over tournaments and more people play cash games than tournaments overall.

So here are the top 10 reasons why I recommend playing poker cash games over tournaments.

10. Consistent profit
The best thing for me as a professional poker player about cash games is the consistent profit that they bring.

Sure, I still have losing days like everybody else, but most days I earn a profit.

The same can’t be said for large poker tournaments. In fact, most tournament players go weeks, or even months, without hitting any kind of a significant score.

9. Time and freedom
One of the biggest benefits of playing cash games for me is the ability to simply get up and leave the table any time I want. This gives me the freedom to plan my life, go see friends and do normal things.

Tournaments leave you short stacked a lot of the time limiting your action,

Tournaments leave you short stacked a lot of the time limiting your action, (photo by Wikimedia Commons)

With tournaments, you can’t just get up and leave or your chip stack will be blinded down to nothing.

In fact, if you make a deep run in a tournament, you might be forced to sit in your chair for eight hours, or more, in a row!

8. You will become a better player
As I teach my students on blackrain79.com, it is really important that you learn to play all four streets well in No Limit Hold’em (preflop, flop, turn and river). And cash games do teach you how to do that because you are usually deep stacked with 100 big blinds or more.

Unfortunately, poker tournaments aren’t always like this. Instead, most of the time you are short stacked with 30 big blinds or less in the middle to late stages of a tournament, which means most of the action takes place preflop and on the flop only.

This will limit your development as a poker player because you don’t get as much experience playing the turn and river.

7. Table selection
One of the biggest keys to your success as a poker player is playing against players who are worse than you. In cash games you can easily jump from table to table and essentially choose who you want to play against, even what seat you want.

You can’t do this in a tournaments, so this takes away a big advantage that cash game players have.

6. More poker training available
Most of the best online poker training programs, poker books and poker coaches these days are geared towards cash games.

The same goes for streaming poker content on YouTube, Twitch and places like this.

This is primarily because more people play cash games than tournaments. So the ability to learn and get better at poker is easier if you play cash games.

5. Easier to get reads
It is easier to get reads in a cash games because you are playing against the same set of people every single hand. Whereas in a poker tournament, you are often moved from table to table. This limits your ability to make solid reads on your opponents.

This also makes it more difficult to make custom decisions based off player type and recent history.

If you are somebody like me who really likes to “play the player instead of the cards,” then it is easier to do so in a cash game, because you often have better reads on your opponents.

4. More high stakes action
There is much more high stakes poker action available with cash games compared to tournaments. There are only so many big buy-in tournaments available each year and they are often grouped together around big events like the World Series of Poker.
Williams thinks that cash games are simply more fun than tournaments.

Williams thinks that cash games are simply more fun than tournaments. (photo by Wikimedia Commons)


With cash games, on the other hand, there is consistent nosebleed-stakes action year round, both online and live, in places like Las Vegas or Macau, China.

3. You’ll earn more respect
Let’s face it, cash games players get more respect overall than tournament players. And this is because there is a belief that cash game players are better.

It is difficult to disagree with this common belief. Because like I mentioned above, cash game stacks tend to always be deep, whereas in a tournament you are often playing with 30 big blinds or less during the final stages.

2. Better poker tools available
If you are playing online, then most of the best poker software these days is also aimed at cash games instead of tournaments. For example, many of the top HUDs, solvers and multi-tabling tools have more options for cash games and in some cases they don’t even support tournaments at all.

So if you are a hardcore online poker grinder, you are going to find a wider array of good poker software tools if you play cash games.

1. Cash games are more fun

OK, this one might be a bit controversial, but in my opinion cash games are simply more fun than tournaments.

Because of the deep stacks, you can get involved in the action much more often. You don’t have to sit around waiting so long for a good hand to play, like you often have to do in poker tournaments.

Also, even though you can quickly win a lot of money in tournaments, I personally prefer the consistent smaller amounts of money that you win in cash games.
Top 10 reasons poker players should choose cash games over tournaments is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
 

Top 10 micro stakes poker tips

18 May 2020
People often ask me about my best tips for micro stakes poker tips, which, by the way, are the games that most people play these days. This would include both live and online poker cash games with a buy-in of up to $200, and all small stakes poker tournaments. In fact, the best strategy for the micro stakes poker games is the No. ... (read more)
Nathan Williams
Nathan "BlackRain79" Williams has been a poker pro for more than 10 years with some of the highest winnings of all-time at the micro stakes.

He is also the best-selling poker author of "Crushing the Microstakes," "Modern Small Stakes," and "The Micro Stakes Playbook."

Nathan plays mostly low limit cash games online, with some live play mixed in as well. He has coached hundreds of students to success in low stakes poker games through his website blackrain79.com

Nathan believes in playing a strong tight and aggressive poker strategy in small stakes games, exercising excellent tilt control and table selection.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or on his website: blackrain79.com
Nathan Williams
Nathan "BlackRain79" Williams has been a poker pro for more than 10 years with some of the highest winnings of all-time at the micro stakes.

He is also the best-selling poker author of "Crushing the Microstakes," "Modern Small Stakes," and "The Micro Stakes Playbook."

Nathan plays mostly low limit cash games online, with some live play mixed in as well. He has coached hundreds of students to success in low stakes poker games through his website blackrain79.com

Nathan believes in playing a strong tight and aggressive poker strategy in small stakes games, exercising excellent tilt control and table selection.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or on his website: blackrain79.com