What are ‘Cash Games’?
‘Cash games’ refers to any casino game played for real money, rather than for fun or for some non-monetary prize. The term is most often associated with poker, and is usually used to differentiate between home or casino games, where players compete for real cash at face value, and tournament play where players are competing for a pe-determined prize amount.
’Cash Games’ Explained
In poker, ‘cash games’ are the games most casinos and online sites offer. Sometimes heard as ‘ring games’, these are usually open to any player who meets the buy-in and enters the action. Chips in the game have real monetary value, and any wins by the player can be cashed in at that face value.
Cash games are different from tournament poker, where chips in the game have no external value and instead the aim is for one player to claim all of them. In this kind of poker game, prizes are allocated according to the set prize fund.
Cash games can be limit or no-limit, and they can include any of the many variants of poker including stud, draw and Hold’em games. Players usually have to buy-in for a certain amount of chips when they start play, although most casinos allow players to buy additional chips and continue their game. In a tournament game, a player who has their chips won from them is usually eliminated from the game, unless they opt to buy back in.
‘Cash game’ can also refer to any casino game, especially online, where players have the option of playing for fun or for real money. Many online slot games have demo modes, for example, where players get a virtual balance and they can try out the gameplay features. A cash game is therefore any slot or table game where the money is real and any wins can be kept by the player.