SNGs easier than Cash games?

    • 1raindog1
      1raindog1
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      Howdie fellow poker players.

      I have recently had a little bit of a downswing and decided to get a break by playing some micro 9-man SNGs. I have so far been enormously successful and when I sit at a table I feel like I always have a serious chance to be ITM or even win (so far won 4/5). I know I am talking from a less then mikroscopic number of games, but it is also a strong feeling I have.

      Or, have I just found my calling and I just am better suited for SNG then CG?
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    • lessthanthreee
      lessthanthreee
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      who knows. its 5 games.

      play a few more hundred games and see if u still like playing sngs. some people are better at sngs some at cash. both take a lot of hard work and practice. and both have a lot of ups and downs.

      good luck with what ever you choose
    • andreibalint
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      I would go ahead and say sng's are easier than cash games. Just by judging by the number of fish. I know cash players will jump in my head and say they can isolate the fish better and they can reload a lot of times, but that's my opinion.

      For example if you search you can find NL4 tables with regulars ( even 2-3 of them in a SH table , as a mention i'm not saying they are good), but in SNG's until 5$ such a thing is almost unheard of.

      Problem is (at least for me) when you are trying to make more money out of sng's. I am decently confident i can make 10$/hour, but when we are talking about 20$/hour there are less tables and they are filled with regs. At least for my experience.

      All in all hard to tell. But in micro/low limits sng's are great.


      lessthanthree, how about +20$/hour?

      From what i figure 9tabling 25$ turbo 6 max should get you there. Another alternative would be 24 tabling 18 man 16$ turbo. What's your pick? ( i'm so lazy for not reading your blog :D )
    • lessthanthreee
      lessthanthreee
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      you can get 20$/hr + mass tabling 12s-16s (16 tables+) with a ~10% ROI or mass tabling (12 tables+) the 24$+ with a 5-7% ROI.

      bigger roi's than that at mid stakes are virtually unheard of over large samples, and the $/hr edge comes from being able to mass table while maintaining a respectable ROI.

      I'm talking about single tables because thats what i know.
    • Berzerger
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      I play both, and SnGs are definitely easier. In cash games you usually have 100 big blinds and face more difficult decisions. In SnG you aren't really put to a decision that often, and when you are the basic strategy or ICM will help you out. I'd still recommend cash games (BSS) because they make you a better player and help you get a higher winrate.
    • SalamiandCheese
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      NL cash games require more patience imo. Something to think about when deciding what type to play. I've play lot's of limit cash and some NL sng's and tourneys, NL cash I don't think I have the required amount of patience to have a huge edge there.
    • 1raindog1
      1raindog1
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      That's what I am thinking too. It's a matter of patience, which I do not appear to have in the amount required for cash games, at least not all the time .