Sit & Go (SNG) Strategy

The blinds are low enough that you can afford to wait around for better hands and avoid expensive post-flop question marks. This means that the odds are that at least one of them has an ace in their hand. This should both increase your intimidating table image and set you up as the favorite when play becomes shorthanded. This article will guide you through sit and go strategy for low stakes sit and go's. At the lower buy in levels you can usually turn a profit by playing solid poker, remaining tight and aggressive, and focusing on not doing anything stupid. As the blinds go up, your starting hand selection should change a bit. Now you should tighten your standards up and playing the premium drawing hands and pairs 77 and bigger for a raise.

Sit & Go Early Rounds

Introduction to Sit And Go Strategy

As the blinds go up, your starting hand selection should change a bit. Now you should tighten your standards up and playing the premium drawing hands and pairs 77 and bigger for a raise. The blinds become bigger, and there is nothing wrong with taking down an uncontested pot at this stage in the game.

If you have a well above average stack, you can afford to wait for premium holdings. However if you are about average in terms of chip count, you will need to play some hands to build your stack. I would advocate being willing to move in with any pocket pair of tens or higher or Ace-King and Ace-Queen at this stage of the game depending on your stack.

These are strong hands and will often be a favorite if your opponent calls. Additionally, your opponent will often fold and you build your stack without having to show down the hand. Let's say you are on the button with pocket tens. The blinds are , and you have chips. There are six players left. A player in middle position with chips makes a minimum raise to Your opponent must think about folding hands like Ax, KQ, and lower pocket pairs, which leaves you in great shape. Sometimes he will call with these hands because of the pot odds and you are in great shape to double up.

You are slightly ahead of hands like AK and AQ, and the dead money from the blinds makes this even more profitable for you. Now the blinds are getting very high in relation to the average stack size.

You should not enter pots with marginal hands. Be VERY weary on confronting other big stacks without strong holdings, because they can bust you. As soon as you are in the money, you should play to win. Now that you are shorthanded, it can sometimes be effective to trap aggressive opponents by check-raising all in with top pair or even middle pair if you think you have the best hand.

This is the stage of the game where you want to take down as many pots uncontested as possible by going all in before the flop with strong holding. So if you're in middle position you can raise with A-J, but you should not call a raise with it. Simplified, you should be playing even tighter when the pot is opened in front of you. That's a classic short term results view right there. Sucking out happens less than winning outright so in the long run the strategy is sound.

Play tight early while the LAGs and maniacs knock each other out. I have learned so much from you and it's great.

Thank-you for the articles. I didn't consider calling with marginal hands such as A10 and suited connectors as the big blind in late game against the small blind's raise. Seeing how the small blind plays would be important too. I'm going to read this a couple more times: Going to try to implement this into my sit and go strategy. This has really helped me. Have been doing really badly lately and really started to lose my confidence, and money!

Have been playing today as it says here and have won 6 out of 7 games. Seriously try it it works. A good series of articles, I generally play in this way in sit n go's, I don't play cash games as I don't think I am disciplined enough to wait for the killer hands.

The only problem with the strategy is that I see a lot of players raising bonkers hands preflop. I mean anything really, ace and 3 unsuited, low connectors unsuited etc. In general if you call these hands bearing in mind you don't know what they are holding , in the majority of cases they will bet on the flop. This happened to me where a player raised preflop with k7 unsuited, I called with A10 suited. A 10 came on the flop with something like 4 and 8, he called my bet that took over a third of his stack, a 7 came on the turn he bet and I raised.

He then got his K on the river. Point being I would have never raised preflop with his hand and would have folded on the flop if I did, therefore am I playing too tight? I've no idea what the strategy is for players like that, I suppose it comes down to blind luck sometimes.

By the way these are internet games, between 6 and 11 dollars, maybe that's the problem? The odd game I've played of 20 dollars plus would say it's no different. I don't get it at all, preflop is most important later stager, if i'm on the button i'm like the middle dude to act PF and there's no point in raising blind.

Kristiansen I play mostly SnG and have been watching my earnings for each starting hand. Sadly, AJo has been a huge loser for me. When it wins, it only wins small. When it loses, it loses way too much because of the tough choices. I almost completely refuse to play AJo until mid to late game.

AJs isn't much better, but I'll at least play it to watch for a nice flush draw or the miracle nut flush flops.

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Since the ability to get opponents to fold in the later stages when the blinds are relatively high is so important to the game, tight play early is the norm to ensure that you keep enough chips for the middle stages.

As the blinds get higher and number of remaining opponents begins to drop SNG play becomes more aggressive. The middle stages are characterized by stealing blinds, raises and re-raises.

In a cash game defending your blind is not critical to success though necessary sometimes , in a SNG tournament blind defence is critical — as is the ability to use the threat of elimination to steal chips from your opponents.

The bubble is the most strategic part of any SNG tournament. With just one player to go before the paying places these tournaments often become a battle of nerves as one player pushes all in and the others fold.

The key strategy consideration now is that you need a much better hand to call an all-in bet than you need to move all-in yourself see the gap concept. The reason is the diminishing value of chips.

Once the bubble has burst and the remaining 3 players are in the money paying places strategy changes once again. Since the blinds are now huge in relation to the stack sizes all-in bets are again the norm. However without the risk of elimination players both raise and call raises with much weaker holdings. Adjusting to this is dependant on specific opponents. See the article on short stack strategy for more information on this topic. Common errors to watch out for in SNG tournaments include overplaying easily dominated hands early — for example ace-X ace rag hands where the X is jack or lower.

Failing to defend your blinds during the tournament, and calling bets at the bubble without very strong holdings are also errors. The ability to accurately assess the range of hands which individuals will raise and call raises with is a key skill in SNG tournaments and worth spending the time to learn.

Difference between tournament and cash game strategy.

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