Let's explore the fast-paced excitement of tournaments, where every move counts towards being the last player standing, versus the laid-back vibe of cash games, where the action is continuous, and players have the flexibility to buy more chips, making survival less critical.
Tournaments have a set buy-in, start time, prize structure, and starting stack. Your buy-in contributes to the prize pool and a fee for the casino or poker site. The goal is to be the last player standing; once you lose your chips without a rebuy option, your tournament ends. Sit & Go and Spin & Go games start as soon as a specified number of players join, finishing faster than scheduled tournaments.
Players buy in, receive a set amount of chips, and compete to advance.
Cash games, unlike tournaments, have no fixed start or end time; if there's an open seat, you can play and leave at your convenience.
Unlike tournaments, going bust in a hand doesn't necessarily end your game – you can buy a new stack if you can afford it.
Blind levels remain constant, allowing continuous play as long as you have chips.