Can I Make Money Playing Poker?
If tournaments are about prestige, then cash games are where the real money is made. They also train you to play real poker, rather than just move all-in and hope for the best once the blinds are high enough. With cash games, playing is easy. The hard part is getting good enough to actually start making money. Then divide this by 50 to get the maximum buy-in you should be looking for.
In cash games, big pots tend to mean big hands or big bluffs. Anything in between and a more experienced player could take you to the cleaners. So be careful with hands like A-K which look good, until you make a pair and someone else hits a set. And think twice about betting with low full houses or straights and flushes, which someone could easily beat.
Once the stack sizes get big, you need to pay close attention to what hands you can play, based on your position at the table. In cash games, your job is to put pressure on other players, steal blinds when you can and make people want to call you when you have a winning hand.
The best way to do this is to get in the habit of raising pre-flop and betting again on the flop putting in a total of about half the pot. In the beginning, this seems a bit counter-intuitive, but realistically most hands miss the flop and the player with the most momentum wins the day.
You can learn a lot from playing more intense, short-handed games. Here, attitude and position are essential, and feel has a huge part to play. Finally, remember to keep your losses in perspective.
As long as you play within your means, these are just lessons that will help you become a better player in the long run.
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