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Sit And Go Tournies Require Their Own Special Set Of Strategies

Jun 8, 2008
Sit N Go poker tourneys are very exciting. Strategy is key. Unless you have a monster hand that you will go all the way with, you want to try to keep the pots small. Mid pairs are a good case in point. From under the gun, or even 2nd or 3rd to act, it's very easy to get punished.

In other poker games, you might do very well by raising with weak pocket pairs (22-88). This can create some deception to set yourself up with a huge win. It's safer with these hands to limp or call small raises. You will only hit your set one in eight times, so it's better to be careful.

As the blinds get big in relation to your stack, you need to play aggressively. Whenever you can, you must try to steal the blinds. These tourneys become a game of chicken, steals, and resteals. If you don't get involved, you will find yourself with too small of a stack. You might get called and knocked out even when you finally get a good starting hand.

When the blinds get real big compared to your stack, your two choices are to push all in or fold. You can make a normal raise if you want to, but you should be planning to put all your chips in.. You really can't afford to bet and then fold.

If you know your opponent is tight, you can push more often, because you will get enough folds. Your opponents stack size is a factor here also. If he has a big stack and can afford it, he will make more calls. The middle stacks want to protect their chips more and can be "trusted" to fold often.

With four players left and three cashing, a lot of play is controlled by stack size. A case in point; You might go all in with 55 versus a player without too many chips, and fold this hand to a big chip leader.

Now is when you look to go all in, but don't think only about your cards when deciding. Anything is playable sometimes, especially if your stack will damage the others enough to scare them. When betting at a big stack you need better cards as you will get called more frequently.

When you have a big stack late in the tournament, you should be stealing the blinds often. This is best done against the medium stacks. They will feel it's too expensive to play against you and risk getting knocked out.

The problem here is you want to get to the money before losing your stack. The monster stack will knock you out, while the shorties will gamble with anything to survive. This is not an easy place to be in.

Equity value (EV) is the value of your hand when you push all of your chips in. EV helps determine which hands to play. Once you decide what that range is, then it is either better to put all your chips in or fold.

So these are most of the basics specifically for the SNG games. You could write an entire article on each of these ideas. Develop your knowledge and skills in these areas, and maybe you will be beating the Sit N Gos. Happy hunting.
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