My main game right now is 45-man turbo sit-and-gos on PokerStars and these games have been a veritable gold mine for me. I crush them for a ~40% ROI over a huge sample.
But I'm getting bored. Optimal strategy for this game is aggression, bordering on maniacal. When the blinds are large I'm getting all-in quite a bit.
When you get into as many 60/40s, 70/30s and 50/50s as I do it all amounts to one thing: variance. When you are not hitting in these tournaments it can be extremely frustrating.
Now of course variance isn't the only reason I'm contemplating the move. Variance is a part of poker, no matter what form you are playing. To think I could avoid it by switching to cash would be ignorant.
The real reason I'm wanting to switch over is because I grow weary of coin flips - I grow weary of getting it in and crossing my fingers. I long to actually play poker, with flops, turns and rivers. My game is going stale pushing and praying.
Turning my back on sit-and-gos is not as easy as it might sound. I make pretty good money off them, and cash games will require a lot of work and possibly not as much reward.
Also, I feel especially good about my sit-and-go play, because it is a strategy I pretty much developed on my own. Whenever I would play cash games, I would study 2+2 constantly, and try and force myself to play a 2+2 style.
This led me to trying to play formulaic when really I should be just playing and analyzing each situation individually. In my opinion there's no point in sticking to a strict 2+2 style. There are so many different ways to win at poker that trying to fit yourself into a certain mold is stupid.
I really feel that I want to get back into cash games because they are "real" poker. Sit-and-gos aren't. Pushing a bunch and winning tournaments is super fun, but it's not the same as playing deep-stacked cash against decent opponents.
SNGs are just raw aggression; cash games are like chess.
Cash games online have not always gone well for me though. I mean, I can kill casino games, but I'm pretty sure I could teach my cat to beat up a live $5/$10 No-Limit game.
Online I've always ground my way up, then hit a huge downswing that would cost me the bulk of my roll. I would then get so frustrated that I would withdraw the rest. These swings were almost certainly partially my fault, as I have my fair share of leaks.
My biggest leak has always been discipline. I am probably one of the worst folders in the biz. Which is why these sit-and-gos are so great for me. I'm practically shoving more than I'm folding and I can 15-table on autopilot. The more tables I play, the more money I make.
This is not the case in cash games. If I play cash, I will have to play very few tables and really think about each decision. This isn't bad, but I find it extremely difficult to do.
I guess I'm sort of an action junkie when it comes right down to it. However, I am definitely going to try and buckle down and start playing cash more. After all, the real money is in cash games. Just ask any of the greats.
This will be my goal: by Oct. 1 I want to get back in the swing of the cash game. I will of course keep you guys posted here.
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