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From Cash Games to the Tournament of Tournaments

Making the adjustment

by Matt Matros |  Published: Jul 24, 2009


At this time of the year, when the main event of the World Series of Poker gets started, a lot of poker players wonder, “What if?” For the other 50 weeks of the year, they’re content to play cash games at their local casino, or online, or just at a kitchen table. But come Independence Day, they’re wondering if they have what it takes to be successful in the world’s biggest poker tournament. Maybe they’ve even won a seat into the “Big Dance,” and are desperately hoping their ring-game skills will translate into tournament skills. How can they accomplish the dream? How can they go from a cash-game world to a tournament world and thrive? Cash games and tournaments are not supposed to be all that different. In fact, most poker-math guys will tell you that, with exceptions at the money bubble and at the final table, optimal play in ...

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