View Full Version : tourny vs ring game

04-18-2005, 10:41 PM
had a question. what is the diference between how

to play a ring game vs. a tournament.

i seem to do better at tounaments in comparison

to when i play ring games.

and i can not seem to put my finger on exactly why.

maybe ring games are played less aggressivly????

for example....fewer pot sized bets???

plus ive been playing freerolls; not with my money.

however have money from freerolls for ring games.

any ideas?? thanks.


04-20-2005, 03:16 AM
in a ring game the money u have is teh money u play with... as to a torney u spen 5$ u get 1,000 chips so u can bet more... in ring u bring 5 u bet and lose u are out that money.. u gota kinda play tight in ring games.. but if i was u id chose one and stick to it.. its better to only stay with teh one u are better at cuz it rilly is jkust liek 2 whoel diff games

04-20-2005, 04:25 AM
I have a long way to go in improving my tournament game. I haven't played many recently. Its just such a big time commitment to playing a tournament well. Thats why I tend to stick to ring games. Ring games are defintely where my money comes from. Lately I've only been entering a few freerolls here and there for multi table tournaments and maybe the ocasionaly low buy in single table tournament since they usually take only an hour or less.

I find tournaments to be pretty exciting when you get a rush of cards and can bounce back from a short stack to in contention. On the other hand, it is extremely frustrating to play for two hours, get all your money in with the best hand and take a bad beat and finish out of the money.

04-21-2005, 05:56 PM
I really hate ring games because I prefer the competition of tourneys versus the greed of ring games. I don't even really like money that much. Playing for chips is much better.

04-21-2005, 06:50 PM
I'm a tournament player and guess I'm sticking with it. You can lose too much too fast in those ring games. I've considered trying them, because sites offer bonuses for raked hands. I'm gonna wait awhile though.

04-21-2005, 07:19 PM
I tend to lose money at ring games...i always get trapped on the pocket pairs...i have high pair on the table but they stay in and get me in the end. that doesnt seem to happen in tournaments...ppl will go all in at any time

04-21-2005, 07:28 PM
I dislike playing in ring games compared to tournaments - But to collect most
Bonuses that Pokerrooms offer you have to play in the ring games!! And you have to play alot---

04-21-2005, 07:29 PM
most ring games are full of bs lol

04-21-2005, 08:30 PM
When I do play its only in Limit Ring Games - I play very slow and get a lot of off color comments from other players!!!

04-21-2005, 08:40 PM
ring game sucks, tourney is the best !

04-26-2005, 01:22 AM
for some reason there are a lot more idiots in ring game that like to bully, in a tourney i find, especially freezout tourneys there are more real players. i mean if you lose it all your out and thats it, ppl in ring just bring in money and lose it then bring in more and in the end i swear the idiots take your money

04-26-2005, 06:50 PM
if "idiots" that just keep buying more and more chips in ring games are taking your money.. =-p

personally im a fan of both ring games and tournaments, they are both fun and interesting for different reasons. i suggest playing whatever you have fun doing.

04-26-2005, 09:22 PM
I'm a fan of NL ring games online - but offline, I'm a strictly big tournament person or high limit rings. Reason being - you play 2/4 or 3/6 at any casino these days your bound to find ppl that have no clue what they are doing but somehow land two pair with their 3 , 8 offsuit. So, the only decent way to make some cash these days is playing 8/16 or above - where for the most part people play predictable and decent poker.


04-27-2005, 03:51 AM
I'm the guy who got into poker because of TV... flame all ya want but whatever. I feel I play my best game at NL Hold'em Tournies, can hold my own in a ring game, and am in the process of learning deeper strategies in Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo. Eventually I would like to learn more about 7 card stud but for the time being this is plenty.

04-28-2005, 07:55 AM
If you want to make the big money playing poker, you got to be an expert LIVE RING LIMIT game expert. Top pros such as Ted Forrest, Chai Xiang, Phil Ivey, dont really play tournaments because of the amount of money they win from live limit ring games.

Howard Lederer won something like 10 million dollars from the side games during the WSOP.