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SnG Strategy to Cash?

    • bbrrookie
      Joined: 10.05.2012 Posts: 1
      Hey guys,

      This may sound like a dumb question. I just started playing poker a lot more serious. It's only been about a month and I ve done a lot of reading and learning. My question is: I really enjoy SNGs however I also enjoy cash games (more for thefact of one day getting the opportunity to go hit the casino and play). I like SNGs more at the moment just because it can help me build a BR. The books I have been reading have been strictly geared towards SNG. can I use many of these strategies in cash games as well? Or is CG a completely different ball game. I dont want to Be a good SNG player (thinking opimistic) and then head to the casino and get completely busted. I'm new guys so sorry if this is a dumb question.

      Thanks for the responses.
  • 2 replies
    • OarrO
      Joined: 30.03.2010 Posts: 30
      I don't think its a dumb question at all.

      Most of what you use in SnGs you can use in cash games such a bet sizing reading people etc.

      Some other factors don't count like the bubble but you do need to take into consideration how deep people are for instance i won't play suited connectors vs a short stack as there more likely to shove and if i do hit my flush/straight payout isn't going to be that big but vs big stack payout will be a lot more.

      I remember the first time i played live the biggest mistake i had was treating it like real money because your playing with $$ where as in a tourney everybody has chips and it makes some decisions easier for instance in a tournament if I'm in the SB i have A10 and 4BB left easy shove, why? It's logical in a cash game i just bet $200 on the river and he re-raised me to $500, am i sure $500 dollars that I HAVE THE BEST HAND? so my advice would be to treat the money as chips and not as money.
    • kurrkabin
      Joined: 12.10.2010 Posts: 5,976
      Hi, bbrrookie!

      Actually that was a pretty solid first post! Always a pleasure to see people who are eager to improve.

      I tried a bit of everything, but SnGs really grabbed my attention the most. So go with it imo. It's a great way to build a roll as you play tight in the beginning(easier not to tilt or spew money), postflop is much less complicated compared to CG, if you lose- you only lose one BI(same with CG, but we have a bigger roll for SnGs) and you can get familiar with ICM basics in fairly short period of time-1-2 months or so. Our site has push/fold charts available for bronze status that will be a big help for you. By the way, you can get bronze status forever only if you apply for 50$ free capital or deposit real money in one of our partner rooms.

      Honestly, I don't think that you can use much of your SnG knowledge to the CG table. Deeper stack sizes bring much more dynamic, different moves, bet sizings etc. ICM plays a huge roll in SnG and should be always considered. We don't have that thing in CG. It's purely cEV, where as SnGs are $EV. I hope you make the difference. If not- ask.

      A big part of SnG game is push/fold stage when effective stack sizes are shallow. This is the most crucial part of single table tournament. You don't get that kind of thing in CG(usually, if not capped games or whatever). They just stress on different things and you might get yourself in a lot of postflop spots where you don't feel comfortable.