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Let's Look At Some Skills For Sit N Go Tournaments

Jul 11, 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 a multi table tournament, it is often a good play to raise with mid to small pairs. This helps disguise your hand and allows you to go for big pots. In an SNG, you are better off limping these hands and only calling small, affordable raises. This ebnables you to get away cheap if you miss your set.

With the blinds are getting big you need to get your share of steals. Taking down the blinds is essential. It becomes a battle of nerves as you play weaker hands to keep winning the blinds. If you just keep folding, your stack will dwindle down to a few useless chips.

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.

When players are folding, you can go all in with more hands expecting to get no callers. How many chips you're up against is important also. The big (has enough chips to risk) and small (desperate and looking for a spot) stacks will call more often. The middle sized stack folds more, protecting their chips.

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.

In this situation, you're usually looking to push all in, but you cards aren't the only factor. Often you will want to go all in with any hand, if your stack threatens everyone enough. If someone your betting at has a lot of chips, he will call you more often, so you need better cards.

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 toughest spot, especially on the bubble, is being the middle man. Chip leaders threaten to eliminate you, and the small guys are ready to risk it all to get back into the game. You have to have higher quality hands in this spot. Very hard decisions in this situation arise.

So, here is a list of ideas to get you started. Each one of these topics is a story in itself. Learn as much as you can about how you want to play in each situation and develop your own style to beat the SNG games. GO win some tournaments.

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.
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