Poker Cash Game - How to Play
Poker Cash Game - How to Play
Cash Game is one of the three most popular poker formats, together with Sit & Go and
Multi-Table Tournaments. Cash game is perfect for players who seek a lifetime learning curve, great and stable winnings and great fun. What needs to be said is that cash game is a very hard game, but that is a good thing! You can get an edge over other players, if you work hard enough.
Cash Game is played at any online or land-based poker room and the great thing is that the format is always the same no matter the casino. You can easily move from one poker room to another without having to adjust your game, which is a very favourable thing.
|Pros of Cash Game||Cons of Cash Game|
+ Stable Winnings
+ The Most Played Poker Format
+ Great Edge Over Opponents
+ Join and Leave Whenever You Want
+ Rebuy/Reload at Any Time
+ Tons of Learning Material
+ A Lot of Money to be Won
- A Hard Game to Learn
- There Are No Trophies to be Won
How Cash Game is Played
As the name suggests, cash game is played directly for cash money. The chips on the table are an equivalent for money and you can exchange them back and forth in 1:1 ration.
The blinds on each table are always fixed and they do not go up, as it is in any tournament.
You can join and leave a cash game table whenever you want to. There is no fixed start or and, as the game continues as long as the players want to play. If you simply want to leave, you just get up and leave with whatever money you had on the table.
This is awesome as if your game is not up to par, you can just leave, and if you feel that you are playing your A-Game, you can play all day and all night. If you happen to losr all your stack, you can always rebuy and play some more. The same goes if you lose just a part of your stack. Simply said, you can always play with whatever money you feel comfortable. The only thing you cannot do is taking just a part of your cash off the table.
The stakes are derived from the size of the blinds. The higher the blinds, the more money is played for. Usually, the stakes are simply stated as the size of the blinds.
For example, the stakes $0.5/$1 have the small blind of $0.5 and the big blind of $1.
Another way of anmig the stakes is for example NL25. NL stands for No Limit (Hold'em] and the number after that is the big blind * 100. In this case, the big blind would be $0.25.
NL1000 means that the big blind is $10 etc.
ZOOM, FastForward etc.
New formast, such as ZOOM at PokerStars, FastForward at Party Poker and others, are a new Cash Game format. It is still played as cash game, but there is one major difference. You do not select a table you want to play at, you join a playerpool. Players are seated at tables randomly. Every time you are done with a hand by either folding or getting to showdown, you are instantly randomly re-seated to another table. You don't have to wait for other players to finish a hand and you can continue playing right away.
These fast formats make cash game even more exciting, and playing even 1 table makes the game very fast without any unnecessary waiting for a good starting hand. If your hand is useless, you simply muck it and join another table.
18+ Play responsibly. Gambling can be addictive. Play accordingly to the applicable laws of your jurisdiction.