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PokerStars Sit And Gos – 6-Max (Shorthanded)

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A popular format of PokerStars SNG format is their new 6-handed structure. PokerStars offers a variety of games, buy-ins, and blind structures for their 6max games.

6max SNGs are offered from $1+$0.20 up to $50+$5. PokerStars offers all game types at 6max, including NL Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, PL Omaha, 5-Card Draw, 8-game, and 2-7 Triple Draw. Most of the games are offered in a multi-table format up to three tables. There are turbo 6max SNGs; however, they are only offered in the 1-table 6max SNGs.

The payouts for 6max SNGs are different than full ring 9-handed SNGs. In 6max SNG’s only two player reach the money, here are typical pay-outs for $13 1, 2, and 3-table 6max SNGs

$13 1-table 6max SNG

1st-$46.80

2nd-$25.250

$13 2-table 6max SNG

1st-$72.00

2nd-$43.20

3rd-$26.80

$13 3-table 6max SNG

1st-$86.40

2nd-$64.80

3rd-$43.20

4th-$21.60

There are two types of blind-structures in the 6max SNGs, turbo and regular. The regular structure is found below:

1500 Starting Chips, blinds increase every 10 minutes:

10/20

15/30

25/50

50/100

75/150

100/200

100/200 Ante: 25

200/400 Ante: 25

300/600 Ante: 50

400/800 Ante: 50

600/1200 Ante: 75

The turbo structure:

1500 Starting Chips, blinds increase every 5 minutes:

10/20

15/30

25/50

50/100

75/150

100/200

100/200 Ante: 25

200/400 Ante: 25

300/600 Ante: 50

400/800 Ante: 50

600/1200 Ante: 75

The lowest non-turbo NL stakes offered are the $6.60 level and the highest is $305+$20. The highest buy-in turbo 6max SNG offered is $1060+$50 and the lowest are $3+$.25.

In 6max SNGs players tend to be more aggressive thus creating more action and bigger pots earlier on in the tournaments. Players hoping to win should stick to a tight-aggressive strategy early and look to open their game up once the blinds start to represent a large percentage of their chip-stack. Once a player has less than 10BBs it is time to either push all-in Pre-Flop or fold their hand. Once again, make sure to understand the payout structure, as only two players get paid in the 1-table SNGs compared to three in the 9-handed games.

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