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Which discipline to choose for staking in poker?

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The differences in staking across disciplines

Some people think that staking in poker is just receiving money so that they can participate in some tournaments too expensive and compromising your bankroll, or being able to afford to sit at cash game tables with higher blinds because you believe you have the expertise but too few buy-ins–the reality is often quite different.

Staking is usually a long-term project, in which the staker funds a poker player to enable him to play at higher levels, and in some cases, like Top1percent, supports and follows him as he grows. In this case it is called stak-coaching.

Staking and stak-coaching can exist for all game modes: cash game, MTT, as well as Spin&Go and more. But what are the differences by discipline? Let’s find out together.

What is the best discipline for staking?

From a strictly technical point of view, staking for MTT and for Cash Game is very similar: the player is given a bankroll to play with, given instructions and parameters to follow, and a learning path is started.

Over time, the player studies and improves under the advice of the coach, who also assesses the level of the stakato and decides when it is time to level up, regardless of the results obtained at the tables, but based on the player’s actual skills. Whenever profits accrue, according to the established agreements, they will be divided between Staker and Stakato.

Staking in multi-table tournaments

Not bad at all, is it? But then what changes between cash game and MTT in this discourse?

As some of you already know, tournaments and cash are two completely different disciplines, even though the game is the same, and so is the player’s attitude.

We can say that a player is more inclined to one or the other discipline, depending on many factors such as time management, schedules, routines, ability to maintain a solid mindset, and so on.

MTTs, for example, have well-defined starting times, and a tournament player knows that to be consistent he must follow his schedule. Also, when things are going well, schedules can get heavy. It is not uncommon for a tournament player to still find himself grind at 3 a.m. and beyond.

Often, players in Multi-Table Tournaments find themselves keeping late hours.

Staking in the cash game

Conversely, for a cash game player there are no major time constraints other than those given by the time when there is the most traffic or there is the best traffic. However, this does not mean that a cash gamer can sit on his hands or play only when he feels like it.

Obviously no one is forced to play if they do not feel up to it or have more important commitments, but a minimum threshold of hands or tournaments played is necessary. Both for the staking arrangement, one’s own growth as a player, and most importantly to make sure that variance has minimal impact in certain period of time.

Staking for the Spin, Twister and Velox

As for Sit-and-Go, specifically twisters and Spin-and-go, which have now effectively monopolized the market, the latter are almost a hybrid of the former two disciplines. In fact, from the perspective of the stakato, on the one hand it is important to ensure a certain methodicality typical of tournament players, while on the other hand one still enjoys a fair amount of flexibility closer to the cash game.

So what is the best choice for staking in poker?

Simply put, only the player can decide what he is best suited for: does he have flexibility of time? Can he play for a long time without losing the A-Game or does he need a break now and then? More importantly, which specialty do you prefer?

As for Sit-and-Go, specifically twisters and Spin-and-go, which have now effectively monopolized the market, the latter are almost a hybrid of the former two disciplines. In fact, from the perspective of the stakato, on the one hand it is important to ensure a certain methodicality typical of tournament players, while on the other hand one still enjoys a fair amount of flexibility closer to the cash game.

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Top1percent coaches are available to assist you in making your choice and answer your questions, submit your application through our form, we will evaluate together the path that is most congenial to you.

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