Sports & Games

Cash Games

Daniel Negreanu

Lesson time 11:41 min

Learn how to effectively play stack sizes, maximize value, and avoid common mistakes in cash games.

Play
Daniel Negreanu
Teaches Poker
Join Daniel at the poker table. Learn his strategies to advance your cash, tournament, and online play.
Get All-Access

Preview

If you have any notions of becoming a professional poker player or making a steady living playing poker, then learning cash game strategy is essential. We talked a little bit about tournaments. And there's a fluctuation and variance that goes with that that even sometimes when you're playing fantastically well, you know, you're not going to do so well because the blinds and antes go up and you're-- you face so much pressure that luck becomes a bigger factor-- not so much in cash games, right? If you find yourself in a cash game with, you know, a decent crew of players you should be able to mimic, for the most part, month to month, roughly around the same earn. Obviously, that's going to still ebb and flow, but not nearly as much as with tournaments. So in terms of developing a cash game strategy, you want to think about, you know, some consistency in terms of how you're mentally approaching the game, strategies that, especially if you're going be playing with the same groups of players, it's going to be very important to pay attention to history, to pay attention to, you know, how people perceive you, your table image, how you want to manipulate that. And there's going to be a lot of tools and tricks you can use in order to throw your opponents off and keep them guessing. You know, one of the beauties of cash games is the correct decision is just going to be the correct decision in a lot of situations, whereas in a tournament, you know, you're factoring in, OK, so I think I have the best hand here. But contrasting that-- and there's value in my hand. Contrasting that with, like, do I want to take the risk in this situation to, you know, put a huge dent in my stack-- that's never a concern or a worry in a cash game. If you feel like a value bet makes sense, and by value bet I mean, you know, betting so that your opponent calls with the worst hand and you can increase value, then you do it. In a tournament, sometimes you don't. Sometimes, for example, in-- on the river, if it's checked to me, I have a hand where in a cash game, I'd be like, you know what? I want to get value from this hand. But in a tournament, I realize these chips are too valued of a risk. And if he check-raises me, it's a disaster. In a cash game, you simply break down the hand, right? What range do I have him on pre-flop? Where is he at post-flop? Where is he at by the river? What value can I extract from this player? And you're always in value, value, value mode. There's never a consideration or a concern of, you know, well it doesn't make sense to play a big pot. Does it make sense to play a big pot? Well, if you have the best hand, the answer's yes, always, even if you have, for example, a situation where you have a 51% or 52% advantage. At least, that's how you perceive it. In a cash game, you always push that edge. That's not true in a tournament at all. I think this is going to hold true for pretty much any format. But one of the things that, ...


Unlock winning strategies

Put yourself across the felt from Daniel Negreanu, the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time. The six-time World Series of Poker champion teaches poker strategy, advanced theory, and practice through hand-reviews of his winning games. Learn how to sharpen your mental game through demos on reading opponents and spotting tells. Join Daniel at the table to increase your win rate, grow your ROI, and get your game “in the money.”



Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This was an in depth look at the theory of the game, loved it! Thank you Daniel!

The key thing i learned about is ranges, their importance, how to anticipate your opponents range and how to disguise/represent your own range in different situations

Great for fundamental poker ideas for the intermediate player.

Well done. it is the start of improving my poker game.


Comments

A fellow student

Probably my favorite lesson (along with ranges consideration in early lessons). Eliminated a lot of limping, picked much better buyin levels & adjusted play according to stack & position. Results were drastic. Went from 2 losing cash games in a row to two very nice long winning sessions (NL 2/5). Some run good sure but also some better decisions based on this class.

Nathan E.

Haven't had much luck in cash games. Not sure if it's me, the cards, or the people I'm playing against. I try to play a range of hands that play well in multiway pots. Since the game I play people have a hard time folding any two suited cards or even unsuited connectors. I usually play suited connectors, suited aces, and small to medium pocket pairs. I always raise these hands as well to try to get other people out of the hand that also will play suited connectors. Don't want to get myself in a situation where I have my straight beat by a stronger straight. Which can and does happen when you call limps. But when I play these types of hands it seems to me I miss way more often than I should. Can't even tell you how many times I flop an open ender, semi-bluff it and nothing comes to complete it. I Try to stay in position as much as possible only play premium hands out of position. C-bet on dry boards when I miss especially if there is an ace or king that hits my range only to be called down by someone with an ace rag off suit hand. I don't want to be the guy who sits and plays only AA, KK's, QQ's and AK all the time because that seems exploitable since my opponents would be folding when I raise. So I guess a question I would have is should I keep playing these good multiway hands or play only premium hands? And if there are other good hands that play well in multiway pots that I'm missing?

A fellow student

Im a newer player so when playing should I only be playing premium type hands?

Francis F.

I loved small ball! Used it effectively up until around 2008 when folks got wise to it.

Francis F.

I used to think limping was a good way to trap other players until , after many times trying, finding out that kind of passive play lets opponents catch bigger hands and either shuts me out of the pot, or I end up being the one trapped. Passive play is negative EV every time. Be aggressive always. A small pot won early is far more valuable than a large pot lost on the river.

Benjamin T.

I think the "no limping" advice pertains to being the first person to limp into an open pot. If you have a chance to open - you should raise or fold, not limp. But, once one or several people have limped ahead of you, you are getting great odds to come along for the ride and limp with hands you would otherwise mostly fold. A cascade of limpers usually drags me along with suited one or two gapper and any small pair down to 22. I have found that it can be frustrating when you are in a game where everyone LOVES to limp and call. In late position with QQ and you get four limpers ahead of you, a big raise of, say 7 big blinds, usually gets me - FOUR or FIVE callers!!!

Nick A.

Oof but it's so tempting sometimes to limp. I have that temptation in 2 situations: I have not great but a decent hand, so I limp to keep control of the size of the pot, because if someone raises me i would have to fold I have 3 other limpers in front of me, so it's too costly to try to get them all out

Emma J.

Its very hard to find information on which game is more profitable in the long run statistically. Anyone know?