Belated Thursday Poker Blog

Good afternoon folks, and welcome back to the blog!  For the second week in a row, I’m behind schedule here at the end of the week.  I hope to not make a habit of this, but sometimes work and family must come first.  I hope to be fully caught up by the end of the day.

Last week on the poker blog, I interrupted a sequence of tips relating to bankroll management to share a tale from last weekend about two marathon tournament appearances.  With no juice stories to tell this week, let’s go back to finding the right game for you.

Two weeks ago, I shared that my current game of choice are low cost multi-table tournaments that draw 1,000-4,000 entrants.  This game fits me in every way — budget, passion, playing style and time constraints (or lack thereof). 

Below are a few other types of games and the types of players who should be playing them:

Micro-stakes cash games (No-limit games with blinds less than a dollar or limit games up to $2/$4):  Suitable for those with thin budgets, but also for those who want to build a poker bankroll the old-fashioned way, through hard work and persevearance.  Like all cash games, these also are suitable for those with severe time constraints, because cash gamers can leave at any time.  I still caution inexperienced players to avoid cash games altogether because losses, discouragement and possible bad habits (i.e., increasing stakes to earn back lost money) can form.

Middle stakes cash (No-limit games with blinds of the ($.50/$1) variety up through ($2/$4) or limit players in the $5/$10 to $10/$20 range):  This is where you find the middle class grinders, the experienced players who want to play at moderate stakes but understand that this is still a challenging game whose exposure is more than it appears to the naked eye.  Players typically sit down at a cash game with 100 big blinds worth of chips.  Accordingly, even in a $1/$2 game, an hour of cold cards plus one bad beat and a player is quickly down $400.  I think this is where many inexperienced players get in over their head and break the bank (in a bad way). 

Micro-stakes tournaments (Buy-ins of $5 or less):  These are ideal for the beginner and another way for those on a small budget to slowly build up a bankroll without taking on much risk.  Tournaments come in the single-table variety (6, 9 or 10 players) or the multi-table variety (tournaments either can start when 27, 45 or 90 players sign up or can accommodate countless players, starting at a given time as opposed to a given number of signups). 

Middle-stakes tournaments (Buy-ins in the $10-$50 range):  This of course is my sweet spot and has been discussed at length.  Low to medium exposure, lots of opportunity, but lots of patience required to be successful, especially in the multi-table arena.  Any player who makes the final table at a large multi-table event will have to make some great folds along the way.

High-stakes games (anything higher than what we’ve discussed):  If you’re playing these games, you’re either 1) in WAY over your head; or 2) clearly don’t need my blog!!

Next week we will start cutting our teeth with some real in-game strategies.

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