Among the variations of poker games, no-Limit tournament has far more popular appeal than either cash or limit poker games. Tournament holdem and its variations is the game of choice among 75% of online players. No-limit is the go-to game of all cash games and those who have a great deal of experience with tournament games will find the transition takes little effort.
Thanks to media exposure, it is tournaments that inexperienced and nave players often choose to join and where they are easy to sportively exploit. You can find free-roll tournaments at almost any time, which makes them convenient for cautious novices to try a few games without deposit and perhaps make a few lucky wins to support the beginning of their poker careers.
Tournaments, especially sit-and-go games, are usually much less stressful than cash games: the player makes a fixed entry deposit and thereafter play for chips, not dollars, which makes for a more relaxed game. Tournaments are widely accessible offline and, being often well covered by the media, offer players the possibility of becoming something of a celebrity.
The importance of distinguishing between the oft-played and fast paced SnG tournaments and the less readily available MTT where the games go on stress-fully forever, cannot be overstated. A player taking part in an MTT will not be able to leave the table without losing his investment.. This requires that the player must have the endurance for endless hours of complicated play. These games require tenacity and a marathon-like endurance to avoid lapsing into a depression, becoming too inert to get up and leave, and yet too unfocused to play one’s A game. Add to this high dispersion, even though the final three remaining at the table stand to gain a lot.
Moreover, MTTs are not available at just any given time and depending on the country you are playing online in, you may have to play late at night. There is much less literature on tournaments and no-limit games in general; while that which is available tends to be more subjective and psychologically oriented, lacking much of the precision of limit lit.
The transition between cash and MTT is not particularly difficult. No-limit and cash games do have a lot of similarities, but there are more drawbacks to the MTT. No-limit cash games are thought to be the most prospective of all online games by the majority of players. Among all the cash games no-limit is by far the most available and can be found at all places and at all times with no lack of gung-ho players. You can be sure that not all of those eager beavers are experts. Because the game is not well documented in literature, the talented players have an excellent opportunity to practice some psychological manipulations. Those less talented need to be aware of this and proceed with caution.
With cash games, the literature is more available and growing, but even if it does have merit, it is not precise, lacks substantial guidelines and weighs heavily on the potential of the assorted individuals gathered around the table. The only way to become expert then at no-limit cash games is through the experience of playing and closely observing your opponents, thereby piling up a memory of observations to carefully draw upon when involved in future, and just as unpredictable games.
No limit games offer the fiercest dispersion for even good players. Experts have been known to lose five or six buy-ins in one round of play. This is not a cheap game or one for the faint of heart..