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The world of online poker is divided into three types of poker: Tournaments, Sit ‘n’ Gos, and Cash Games. Some players will play all three, while others will specialize and stake their career on just one of them. I will list a few points about each to help you make an informed choice which type best fits your profile. Also, this will help you determine if the poker game you are currently playing is what you are really looking for.
Tournaments: If you want to play a good number of tournaments each day you will need to commit yourself to some 5 to 6 hours of poker action. Tournaments follow a schedule. Each tournament has an average duration of approximately 5 hours, and if you do well, you will be playing sessions lasting between 8 to 10 hours. These are very long sessions. Among the three types of poker listed here, tournaments is the one with the highest variance and consequently you can play for much longer without making a profit. In this mode your return on investment (wins against buy-ins) is quite low and you cannot count on it. If you lose your chips, it’s the end of the game.
Winners of poker tournaments, especially live tournaments, get their names published in the media and gain a certain degree of a celebrity status. Some top players are hired by companies with sponsorships after they win major poker events like the World Series of Poker tournaments.
Sit and Go: With sit ‘n’ go tournaments, available round the clock, the sessions are short, and you can keep control of how much time you will be playing. Sit ‘n’ go tournaments start very readily and very easily. There is action all the time. All you need to do is register when you want to play. Sit ‘n’ go poker tournaments have a medium variance, with a good rake back. Some types of sit ‘n’ go tournaments make players play only for rake back as a way to profit. The ROI (return of investment) is medium.
Cash Games: In cash games, you have full control of the time you spend at the table. With just one click, you can stop playing (at online games). You can play multiple sessions during the day. If you lose your chips, you can re-buy any time you want. If you don’t like any player at your table you can choose to play at another one instead, at any time. You may, however, need to make your table selection based on the average buy in. If you play the highest stakes, you may have to wait for action. (This shouldn’t be the case at the lower buy-ins). Playing cash games gives you the best rake back from the three poker options, as this rake back comes as part of your profit. You will experience lower variance at the cash tables.
With this brief comparison of the three types of poker play, some points are quite clear. If you are not willing to sit for at least 5 hours in front of the computer do not enter a tournament. Instead, play a Sit ‘n’ Go or a Cash Game. In Tournaments and Sit ‘n’ Gos the blinds increase steadily, forcing players to play and accumulate more chips to keep themselves alive. Cash Games however always remains at the same blind levels that brought you to the table in the first place.
I started my poker career poker playing Sit ‘n’ Gos, and I spent about two years playing them. I play Cash Games just for fun and not as a way to profit and therefore I usually don’t play too much of them. Currently I mostly play tournaments and I must say that this is what I like to play. I enjoy the late part of the game. Making it to a final table is pretty awesome and when you win the tournament, it is a unique moment whatever the value.
Guest post by Ivan Potocki
I have been playing poker more or less full time for the past two years or so. While my results are not stellar, I make enough to cover my bills while constantly working on improving my game. But this is not the topic of this particular article; there will be plenty of time in the future to discuss how much I actually suck in poker.
What I want to focus on is playing live poker games. Most of the people reading this article probably spend most of their time playing online, hardly finding a reason to move away from the virtual felt. I have, in fact, met some great online players who told me they just feel uncomfortable playing live. And why would you exchange the comfort of playing in your underwear to going to the casino once a week or so?
First of all, you will kill it. For the reasons above, most decent grinders do not bother to go to small local tourneys. People you will meet will have ideas about poker so wrong and outdated that you might first think someone is pulling a practical joke on you. And even those with some foundations usually mix it up with their own ideas creating a weird hybrid that results in unimaginable spews. Just by applying very basic principles of a shove fold game in the later stages you will overrun the table and leave your opponents wondering what hit them.
But they will not adjust; somehow they will put you on a monster next time you shove even if you shove three times per orbit. Not to mention blind vs. blind play, where you will be able to capture most pots uncontested, and when they have a big hand, you will know it. Trust me.
Playing live will build your confidence
Apart from the obvious boost this will bring to your bankroll, there is also a factor of confidence and renewed desire to play. Sitting in front of your screen day in and day out can become very dull and unappealing. Going out and crushing some actual souls can bring you satisfaction and boost your desire for the game more than you would ever think possible.
I know that many people are somewhat reluctant to play live because they feel that they will make too many mistakes and will not get the hang of it. I had some luck in that regard; soon after I found online poker I got the chance to play in live freerolls as well where most people were new to the game, so I was not that afraid of doing things wrong. Everyone was doing it wrong, and we learned together!
But keep in mind that when you go to the casino, you are their guest, and it is not like they are just waiting for you to make a mistake so that everyone could make fun of you. Dealers are there to keep the game in line and for the most part they will warn you about the action or if you are trying to do something wrong. And in the end, even if you do something wrong, it is not the end of the world. I have played countless live tournaments and I still skip action sometimes or make the raise too small because I did not notice the blind level changed. Laugh it off and keep grinding.
If you happen to be the type of person that is annoyed by the noise and chatter (and there will be noise and chatter when you play live, I will not lie about that), there is a solution. Bring your headphones, load your phone with your favorite music, and as soon as cards are in the air turn it up as loud as necessary to cancel any outside noise. It might make you seem like bit of a prick, but if you do not care about how these guys perceive you, you should not worry too much.
But variance is a bitch in the real world as much as it is online. That clueless guy calls your four-times-the-pot shove with a gutshot draw because he can feel it coming, and hits it on the river. It happens. You are left with no chips and nothing to do. Do not let it get to you. Cross the street, get into that pub and have a beer or two. Have a laugh, relax. One thing is certain: there is always another tourney and another donkey eagerly waiting to ship his stack to you. And when you hit the run of great cards as well, you will feel like a demigod.
Ladies and gentleman I can firmly say that I have found the biggest and best cash games in the world – in Minsk. Yes, Minsk is in Belarus and it has been going very well. Last weekend I had a ma$ $ $ $ $ $ $ ive score and would like to thank those that invited me for their excellent hospitality.
I will be back, Minsk is a remarkable place and a new frontier for poker. The best PLO games are now in Minsk – reach out to me. I have found a new paradise on earth – clean, safe and secure.
Tony Betties - new band I have put together
I am now back at Tony Resort in Lithuania. Zasko, my faithful German Shepherd friend, is now fully grown and loving life more than ever. He is frolicking in the forest, running free but at the same time keeping away from the dangerous bears. He’s a lover to most things but when he is on the attack, he is on the attack – you would not want to be his enemy.
He is specially trained to be the guardian of Tony Resort and is kicking hard. He tolerates open mindedness but whatever you do don’t get his wrong side. His jaw is big and active – in fact, Zasko is very active at the moment – he is still looking for his life mate as it is time to breed.
Zasko looked on fondly when I completed the line-up for a new music band I have put together – The Tony Betties and we are going to have a concert at TonyResort soon. Check out their debut single and video – I predict their success will spread beyond Lithuania to the international market. They are all fired up and I want to be their Simon Cowell – they are going to do a big concert here at Tony Resort. They have true talent.
Jungleman leaks in online game too
For the moment I think business is going to keep me on this side of the world. I have been monitoring my twitter @tonyguoga and playing Pokerfest on PartyPoker when I can. I also encountered Jungleman on the cash tables at Party recently too – I know he is scared of me as he won’t take up my challenge. Nice lad but leaks in his live game and online game too it seems!
Lots of you ask for my sports betting tips so I am going to give you one now. I have put a sneaky bet on Ukraine at 40/1 (41) to win the Euro 2012 soccer. They are hosts and shouldn’t be underestimated – I am also positive their price will shorten before and during the tournament too. Easy money.
At the average online poker room, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any poker games beyond Texas Hold’em and Omaha. Even if you do see poker games other than Hold’em and Omaha, it’s difficult to find any cash tables or tournaments running in these extra poker variations.
Carbon Poker has taken all of this into account, and they’ve done everything possible to separate themselves from the competition. Going further, there are a wide variety of Carbon Poker games in both the cash tournament sections. Here is a look at some of the variety that you’ll find in both ring games and tourneys.
Carbon Poker Cash Games
Going beyond the common Texas Hold’em and Omaha cash games that are seen everywhere else, Carbon also has 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Stud, Razz, HORSE, HOSE, HAR, RASH, Badugi and 5 Card Draw games available. As you can see, there is certainly no shortage of options with the Carbon Poker games. All you need to do is go through the Carbon software and look for the game that you want.
If for some reason you can’t find a game that you’re looking for, there is also a “Custom” option in the Carbon lobby that enables you to create the game of your choice. For example, let’s say that you want to play 2-7 Lowball; well you could simply click on the Custom tab in the lobby, and create your customized Lowball table.
Carbon Poker Tournaments
The gaming variety doesn’t drop off much as you head to the Carbon Poker tournaments because there’s also plenty of different games here. Some of the common tournaments that you’ll find in the lobby include Hold’em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, Badugi, HORSE, HA, HO and 2-7 Lowball.
If any of these poker games catches your eye, make sure to check out the tourney section of the Carbon lobby to find the starting time and date of the desired tournaments.
Some celebrities and prominent businessmen play in private games in Beverly Hills (which I play in on occasion myself).
About 4 years ago, a losing player in these games was embezzling money from his hedge fund and is now in jail. A lawsuit now exists against players who played in those games and got checks from the embezzler.
Lawyers for those swindled by the embezzler claim these poker winnings were “ill-gotten gains” from an illegal casino and want the money back. Well, as a poker player, this fries my case.
These poker players did nothing wrong. They didn’t know the guy was embezzling funds. A lawsuit exists ONLY because these are very successful people. (I’m sure there are checks from the embezzler to Nevada casino’s. Do you think the lawyers are suing them?)
Celebrities and prominent businessmen can’t go to regular casino’s and play poker. They would be besieged by autograph hounds, picture takers, and what they won and lost would be tweeted to the world.
They like to play poker like millions of others, so they must play in private games – either in a hotel suite or a private home. Money is taken out for hotel expenses and food but pots are not raked in these games.
Everyone settles up by check at the end of the game (which was a paper trail for the lawyers). And how’s this? One guy in the game lost a couple million over the course of the year. One night he won $ 200k but the embezzler lost $ 300k. He wrote out a personal check for $ 100k to another winner and took a check from the embezzler for $ 300k – and now is being sued to get it back!
These people may settle the suit to avoid publicity, but just on principle, I hope they don’t. They did nothing wrong.
Let’s talk about an unpleasant fact that most poker players are going to have to deal with at some time or another: sometimes, you shouldn’t play. Whether it’s mere tiredness, a run of bad luck that has you spooked, or even that thing none of us want to discuss – old age – sometimes you need to take a step back and let yourself recharge. This is especially important in the weeks leading up to the WSOP and other big tournaments, where you can burn yourself out without even realizing it.
So, let’s say you self-diagnose and decide you need some time away from the poker tables – what can you do to get your edge back? Get yourself a Nintendo DS. No, I am not making this up. Yes, I know how crazy it sounds, but the DS has a plethora of games that can help you rebuild your reflexes and memory skills in a low-stress environment that doesn’t involve putting thousands of dollars on the rail and looking over your glasses at someone else.
The Brain Age series of memory, concentration, and math is the most famous, and for good reason. Using the built-in tutorial, you create a personal regimen of math, geometry, and reading tutorials that build up your retention and processing ability on the fly. When I first started playing the game (after a particularly disastrous wipeout in a tournament series that shall go unnamed,) my “brain age” was fifteen years older than I actually am. After a couple of weeks using the original Brain Age game every morning after breakfast, I got my cognitive skills down to that of a teenager, and we know how devious and tricky they can all be.
Much sillier but no less valuable is Elite Beat Agents, in which you help a group of dancing and singing superstars bring joy and harmony to the world using the DS’s stylus. No, I am not making this up. The little plastic pen with the Ds allows you to tap, drag, and spin various controllers on the game’s touch screen in time to the game’s music and what starts off as a pretty simple timing exercise becomes a real workout of your reflexes in the final levels, even on the easiest settings.
Then there’s Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, which I’ve now claimed as my planes-and-trains game of choice. No, it has no redeeming qualities, but getting to explore Liberty City and deal drugs out of the back of a van from a device that fits into my pocket is amusing as all get out. I just have to make sure I have the Crosswords game cart nearby so the better half doesn’t call me out on my “therapy.”
So, the next time you’re experiencing table burnout, maybe it’s time to focus on another type of game for a while. I’ve found that it helps tremendously, but you don’t have to take my word on it. Try it out yourself!