Not so many years ago there was a straightforward choice when you came to play poker. You played in ring cash games or you played in multi table poker tournaments. Then the single table tournaments were introduced, and then mixed games and now you can play in “games” that consist of just one hand where every player goes all-in.
Obviously this is an extreme example of a turbo poker tournament, but it illustrates how much luck can play its part in determining the winner of a poker game, rather than skill. There is always going to be an element of luck involved, no matter what type of tournament you play in, but the longer game gives you more time to read your opponents, develop a game plan and build your stack without taking too many chances. Having said that, there are some solid reasons for players to compete in turbo tournaments.
The constraint of time is just one. If you have a fixed amount of time to play in a sit ´n´ go or multi player poker tournament, you may have to compete in turbo events in order that you can finish the game. Many of the bigger “regular” tournaments can last in excess of five hours, and even sit ´n´ go single table tournaments can last for two hours. If you do not have that amount of time available, you would prefer a turbo event.
Players chasing bonuses or involved in rakeback schemes may also find that playing turbo events is more advantageous to them. As long as you are managing to cash in the majority of games you are entering, the points you accumulate towards your bonus or amount of rakeback you collect can make a substantial difference to your overall poker profitability.
A further reason is that the turbo game might just suit your style of play better. If you get frustrated with blind levels that last 20 minutes and the general slow pace of a long tournament, or are a looser, aggressive type of player, the appeal of a tournament in which things happen quicker is obvious. You might also want to consider re-buy and add-on tournaments with short blind levels which offer plenty of action in the first hour and valuable rewards if you reach the final table.
Finding the right balance and a tournament style which suits you best is a matter of personal choice. Although poker purists will insist that the regular poker tournament is the king of all events, if you are not making any money playing in that type of game, maybe you should take a good look at the turbo tournament opportunities that are available on your preferred poker site.