Poker at its prime.
When it comes down to the best players, they all are rooted in cash games. It’s here where you really hone your skills and develop your game.
So what is a cash game?
Cash games are poker games played with actual money in front of you, that you can bet with (or leave with) at any time.
Even when you are playing a cash game with poker chips, each chip is worth actual money. Cash games are the most common of poker game types. They are played online, in casinos, and in home games throughout the world.
Conversely, tournaments are played with poker chips that are not real money. In tournaments, each chip represents an amount, and every player starts with the same amount. The finalists of the tournament may win actual money, but the chips in play are not worth actual money. Click here to read more about tournament poker.
The rules of poker are the same in both cash games and tournaments, however there are a few more big differences between the two. Let’s discuss.
First of all, in a cash game, you can get up and leave whenever you want, and everyone can buy in for a different amount. These are two things that are much different in tournaments.
In cash games, you play with deep stacks. In tournaments, you play with shallow stacks.
When we say ‘deep stacked’, it simply means that you have a lot of chips compared to the size of the blinds. In cash games, the blinds always stay the same and never escalate. As a result of this, they are usually played with much deeper stacks (relative to the blinds) than tournaments. This can create some very interesting dynamics that you will not see as often in tournaments, because there is much more room to maneuver and make plays in cash games.
It is often suggested that you hone your skills in cash games, and this will improve your tournament play dramatically. Learning to play deep stacked poker profitably is imperative to becoming a winning player in all poker games at every level.
Good luck at the tables!
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