A friend and I were discussing this topic and I thought I’d see what the Dope has to say. Let’s say you want to grind 8 hours or so at a poker table for a week (so long-term vs. short-term). Is it better (ie more money) to play a decent limit 4/8 to 10/20 or no-limit like 1/2NL? My thoughts.
You can protect your borderline hands.
If you win large pots and lose small pots, you can make a mint. But what about if someone is protecting their hand and you have a draw (like a nut flush) or an over pair to their 2 pair? I had a situation where I knew I had 9 outs on the flop and 12 on the turn to a huge pot. Do you play for the big pot or give it up because you’re not getting the pot odds?
Tight aggressive can win but you won’t play a lot of hands. TA is more of a NL tournament strategy.
Bluffs and semi-bluffs add to the variance which is never a grinder’s friend.
Tight aggressive wins.
Idiots will call with anything but since they are almost always getting pot odds that’s not a bad strategy. Makes it impossible to protect your hand.
But mathematically, playing right will win more than you lose from bad beats.
My experience which may say more about my playing style than answer the question:
I can grind limit and usually come out ahead. I have won some big money at no limit, but that was usually on the basis of one or two hands. If I hit one of my outs on the hand listed above, it would have made $250 net. And the time I played K7 as the big blind and the flop was K77 and the whale decided to drive me out of the hand by betting a rack and a half.
So what do y’all thing about the pros and cons of grinding out a limit vs. no limit ring game long-term?