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Poker Hands - Which One's To Play To Take Down Sit-n-Go's

Feb 10, 2008
Being able to make a stable income playing online poker is a goal many people have but don't live up to their goal for many reasons. In this article we will be discussing one of the reasons. It's called hand selection. If you have ever played free online poker on one of the many sites that offer it, people play extremely different and you will almost always see people going all in with horrible hands just because they don't care. These hand selection tips will be just for Sit-N-Go's and will help you take down first place 90% of the time, would be 100% but you have to take in account bad beats.

1. Early Stages of a Sit-N-GO- During the early stages of a Sit-N-Go the rule of thumb to always follow is "tight is right".

The hand selections you should play are as follows:

The left column is the stage of a Sit-N-Go and the right column is what position you are in, in the Sit-N-Go. The goal during the first 3 blind levels is just to survive, as you will be able to outsmart players as the tournament progresses when players began to bet less.

EarlyEarlyAA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK
EarlyMiddleAA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK,TT,99
EarlyLateAA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK,TT, 99,88, 77, 66, 55, 44, 33, 22

2. Middle Stages of a Sit-N-Go- In the early stages we needed to play tight, now we are shifting are gears and playing aggressive. The reason to play aggressive is you want to build a large chip stack for the later stages to take down first place. The middle stage is when the blinds have increased 4-6 times. By now the field of players should be down to 5 or 6 players, hence the middle stage. Here are the hands you should play and in what position:

MiddleEarlyAA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK,AQs,AQ
MiddleMiddleAA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK,AQs,AQ,KQs, TT, 99, 88
MiddleLateAA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK,AQs,AQ,KQs, TT, 99, 88,77, 66, 55, 44, 33, 22

3. Late Stages of a Sit-N-Go- Here I am referring to 5 players or less. By now blinds will be eating everyone's chip stack up and putting lots of pressure on all players, but the large stacks. You need to become more aggressive then other players. Most players, excluding big stacks, will fold and play passive so they can make the money. Here are the hands you should play and the position you should play them:

Late DealerAA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK,AQs,AQ,KQs,KQ,JQ,JK,KT,TA,TJ,AJ,TT,99,88,77,66,55,44,33,22

Late Small blindAA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK,AQs,AQ,KQs,KQ,JQ,JK,KT,TA,TJ,AJ,TT,99,88,77,66,55,44,33,22

Late Big BlindAA,KK,QQ,JJ,AK,AQs,AQ,KQs,KQ,JQ,JK,KT,TA,TJ,AJ,TT,99,88,77,66,55,44,33,22

As you can see how to play poker and playing the proper starting hands really will make a world of difference. Full tilt poker and Poker Stars are great sites where to start increasing your skills. They offer free poker but with online free poker comes with people not playing correctly. It's best to deposit a very small amount, maybe $50.00 and start with $2 +.20 Sit-N-Go's. After you're comfortable with these, keep working your way up. Practice makes perfect and a never give up attitude will keep you from only depositing once and never looking back!
About the Author
Sean Moronse is a professional poker player. Visit his website and subscribe to his free ecourse on how to understand texas holdem odds and poker hands at http://www.SitNGoGenius.com
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