The old debate of cash games vs tournaments is never ending amongst serious players. But whether you are as cash game player or tournament player, there is no disputing that tournaments win the popularity contest though. There are several reasons for this, which we will explore in this article.
Cheaper way to learn
Poker tournaments are the best way to learn poker, short of playing freerolls. When you enter a tournament, you know you can win a lot for risking little. If you sit in a cash game, you can get eaten alive and lose lots of buyins. Moreover, you are playing with real cash. This is not true for tournaments where you know the maximum you can lose is the registration fee. It could also be argued that tournament poker reduces the professional’s edge on opponents. With shallower stacks and increasing blind levels, all in before the flop is far more common – and this gives new, recreational players the chance to win.
Most gamblers have an ego. It’s not just about the money, the idea of defeating hundreds or thousands of players is an ego boost like no other. The prestige of binking a tournament win is very sweet. It’s even more fun when it’s completed without doing a deal with your opponents. Continue reading “Why Are Poker Tournaments Popular?”