So, over the years I've floated around with my poker play. Never truly deciding what kind of poker player I really am. I started out playing live tournaments; so, obviously I continued that with my online play merely out of familiarity. As my experience grew; I noticed I kept doing the tournaments less for the familiar poker play and more because of the large profit margins. Though; I rarely placed either way. With an entry buy-in of $1.00 + .10 buy-in on the usual, then between 1500-2000 participants. The price was in my ball-park, but my endurance was extremely lacking. So what if first prize was over $2,000 if I couldn't even place? In hindsight, I know know I was wasting money for no good reason. I still play them, every now and again, but my focus is on more manageable game play.
"With high gains, comes high risk" I'm sure someone said.
High risk, indeed, I've been up 4x my deposit, just to have it taken from me just as easily. Also, as a personally preference, I enjoy a format that has a clear end. Cash games can go on forever, given your funds, and I have no sense of time when I'm focused. I remember the players from my poker league said something like,
"Anything can happen, the longer you play." or something identical to that.
Of course that was leaning on the positive side, but it holds an equal negative side. Take a good run through its course, it turns bad. Believe you, me
OK, so perhaps I'm still new and that's why this format is more preferable. For me, I find the Sit n' Go poker play most enjoyable. It has the format of a tournament and the chip scaling, too. But also has the one table feel of a cash game. Quick poker play with a clear end. I like that.
The rewards aren't as glamorous as the regular tournaments, but worth it since I can actually win these. I play the $1.00 + .10 tourneys and it pays out $4.50 for first prize. Which I see a lot more often than even placing in a regular tourney.
So there they are: my preferences and why, what about you? Which style is to your liking. :)
Til next time. Deuces!