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January: Money Matters
January 2013
Q: In terms of pressure, is there a difference between tournament play and money games? I always seem to struggle when I gamble, even if the amount is insignificant.
Loretta Gladstone; Savannah, Ga.

A: The pressure is different for sure. In a tournament, you have to perform right away, or you will be knocked out of the tournament. If you're playing in short races, that doesn't leave much time to get comfortable at the table, And once you are eliminated from competition, you have to wait until the next tournament before you can get another chance; it's not a matter of money. Also, in tournaments, you also tend to have more spectators, so that can mean even more pressure if you're not comfortable playing in front of people. But on the plus side, you can only lose your entry fee, while the potential payoff could be exponentially larger. When it comes to money games, you go into knowing that if you don't play well, you can always put more money up and play again. Knowing you have more time means less pressure. But then again, you stand to lose more money if things go poorly.