The 2000s were a real golden age for Poker, with the explosion around the world of its most famous variant, Texas Holdem (“ the Cadillac of poker ” to put it in Doyle Branson’s style ). A game in continuous evolution, both in its strategies, both in the diffusion and in the tools to be used for those who want to get closer.
Those who want to start playing, however, often find themselves faced with several important choices to make right away and it is not always easy to find their way on the best path to take. In this column we will address several questions that a beginner finds himself facing, probably starting with the one we will examine today: what type of game to start?
What to play – The macro game modes
From the moment you signed up for one of the many poker rooms on the market, you will immediately realize that there are various types of games available: there are tournaments (MTT Multi Table Tournament) , some Sit’n Go (small tournaments a fixed number of participants) and the ” poker cash ” mode.
The choice of one of these types is particularly important because it depends not only on a very specific game strategy (different from each other), but also well-defined attitudes that we must consider in our way of facing the table. This is why it is important to understand first of all what it is and what characteristics they have.
Sit’nGos in poker
It is generally a game at a table, or in any case with a very small number of participants , in which the blinds gradually rise and the chips in play are not very many. So the basic dynamics of the game are quite simple (or so they appear to those who approach it), and with few opponents it is both easier to learn about their way of playing, and to get a prize every now and then.
The game strategies obviously vary according to the type and the moment, but in general, certainly in these tables the watchword is patience in the early stages (playing a few hands so as not to waste useful chips) and then being a little more aggressive. with increasing blinds.
Multi-Table Tournament (MTT) mode
The real success of sports poker, however, certainly came when multi-table tournaments began to take hold . Many participants, important prizes, guaranteed fun.
The high number of players then constantly puts us in front of new opponents (since during the game we will change tables), therefore having to adapt not only to the variations of the blinds but also to those of the game of others. It goes without saying, therefore, that this type of game requires a higher number of information, more accurate strategies and also a certain amount of experience in order to be played with a positive expectation.
Temporarily it is the last type of game to have arrived in Italy, but its presence has somewhat mixed up the players’ cards, immediately becoming one of the most played modes .
The points in favor for those who want to try are different. In particular, the convenience of being able to enter a table at any time and to exit when you want (thus totally managing the time dedicated to the game). Also in this type of game we have “fixed blinds” throughout the game , thus allowing us to always have a very high proportion between blinds and chips (which leads to being able to play many more hands usually). Each hand then makes its own story, so there are many possibilities to have fun. And in case of losing all the chips , you can always “reload” your stack (chips) again (by the amount you want within the limits of that chosen table).
Which game to choose then?
If we are always very aggressive players at the table and we want to have a good time, then tournaments or cash are definitely a possible choice (always starting from the lowest limits and investing nothing or almost nothing to begin with). Conversely, it is easy that at the beginning our game is quite closed (which is perhaps also quite legitimate and common sense since we do not know how to move), and in that case it is Sit’n Go and some tournaments that can be a good choice.