Paul Phua meets the legendary “Trueteller” and “PepperoniF” to chat about the different mindsets involved in poker’s dual disciplines of cash games and tournaments. https://www.paulphuapoker.com/cash-games-vs-tournaments/
WHICH DO YOU PREFER, TOURNAMENTS OR CASH GAMES?
Timofey Kuznetzov: I play both. I enjoy both but usually I try to play more cash games because cash games are played higher, but also the other thing is in tournaments 80% of the time you are not going to cash, so you are going to be disappointed. And even if you cash most of the time, it’s like when you bust out, if you’ve finished in fifth place you are still going to be disappointed, and in a cash game, even if you win small you are still happy and this will happen half the time. So, in a cash game, half the time you are happy, and in a tournament only if you win are you really happy.
Rui Cao: Yes, I agree with you. I think that most people like winning and in tournaments when you win, you win bigger, but in cash games you win more often. So, I think its more fun to win more often.
CAN YOU PLAY MORE CREATIVELY IN A CASH GAME?
Timofey Kuznetzov: In a cash game you usually have deeper stacks than in tournaments, so you can play more complicated, some more fun lines than you play in a tournament. You can try more creative fancy bluffs than in tournaments because in tournaments you might just bluff off your tournament life and sit sad until the end of a night because you don’t have any more chips to play.
Rui Cao: Yes, I think the deeper it is, the more fun it is. You have more room because in tournaments, late in tournaments, generally, you are all in before the river so you have less streets to make plays on. And also, I think in cash games you have emotional things that in tournaments you rarely see, like if you lose your stack it’s over. In cash games you can rebuy. You can see the different moods of different players, some are winning, some are losing, so I think its pretty fun to have some different things there.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST ADJUSTMENT FOR A TOURNAMENT PLAYER MOVING TO CASH?
Rui Cao: I just think that the deep stack players are different and the emotional control is different. And what is good about cash games too is you are free to leave whenever you want and that’s what I like about cash games. Sometimes in tournaments, I enter a tournament and day two I have something to do or I don’t want to play anymore, so in cash games you don’t have this problem.
Timofey Kuznetzov: Yes, like tilt-control is very important when you switch from tournament to cash games because if you lose your stack or make some stupid play in a tournament, then you usually have no more chips to make any more mistakes today, so you are down for today and you can tilt off in your room or somewhere. But in a cash game when you lose one buy-in you usually have plenty of buy-ins to reload and to do some more stupid things today, so you need to control yourself and not do that, which is harder.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PLAYING CASH ONLINE AND LIVE?
Rui Cao: Live players overvalue tells and online players undervalue them. There is some importance, but most of the strategy is still technical.
Timofey Kuznetzov: I mean, you get away more hands online and the dynamics are a little bit different. Like live, sometimes you might think somebody is trying to overrun you or something and they are just running good for two hours or something and you might think in your head “Oh he’s 3-betting me every time, what’s going on here?” He might just have A-K five times, it happens sometimes. Usually, online it goes more easy because you’re playing many tables. Like, if someone is running hot against you, it doesn’t look so strange, but live you sometimes you might get that impression.
Rui Cao: Yes, I think you need more patience in live than online: “Oh, I have hands everywhere, it’s OK”. Live, maybe for two hours you have nothing, then an A-9 off-suit. “It’s the best hand I’ve had for two hours so I’m going to play it”. It’s not really a good strategy.
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