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Poker Strategy: Sit ‘n Go

For the players who only have two decisions, shove or fold.

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Sit N’ Go’s used to be easy money, but they’ve become tougher over the years. Some of the elements that you’ll need to know inside and out are Independent Chip Model equities, solid bubble play, heads-up poker, and more. The strategic impacts of these factors aren’t necessarily obvious, and that’s why you can’t just jump into the games and become a winner without a significant amount of study. Yet, there are many advantages to SNGs, including the fact that you can put in significant volume in a short amount of time. With the articles presented below, you can improve your return on investment and take home the money. Whether you play turbos, satellites, or hypers, and regardless of your preferred stake level, you’ll find these pages quite useful in enhancing your knowledge about sit-n-go tournaments.

Featured Sit ‘n Go Articles

Using Game Theory in SNG Tournaments (Part 1): Heads Up Basics

Basic heads-up SNG scenarios are often much more complicated than they seem, and game theory helps us to understand why.

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Independent Chip Model/ICM Calculations

I’m not going to cover the theory underlying ICM as this has been covered much more comprehensively elsewhere (Link here), so these posts are intended to be a step-by-step guide to the following situations that cannot be calculated using SNGPT (note that SNG Wiz...
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Low Buy-in SNG Do’s & Dont’s

Many people are contemplating getting started in low-stakes SNGs. By following a few tips for what to do at the tables and what to avoid, you’ll be well on your way to success. While you’ll want to consider each decision separately, these guidelines will serve you well as you get started.

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SnG Key Strategies

There are a lot of strategic concepts involved in proper Sit and Go play. By learning how to wield your stack as a weapon, playing appropriately tight and developing proper preflop ranges, you’ll be well on your way to beating the games. You’ll also need to consider what other players are doing.

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Apply Yourself at Learning Poker

Whenever you read poker strategy guides or books, you must be prepared to study them carefully. Merely skimming the contents will not advance your game very much at all. You should always consider the strategic implications of anything you read to get the maximum value from it.

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Most Recent Sit ‘n Go Articles

Playing Blinds in SNGs

Playing from the blinds in a SNG tournament is tricky. You’ll often be getting very favorable pot odds and thus be inclined to play many hands. But you should remember that you’ll be out of position without the initiative. In early levels, it’s far better to stay out of trouble by playing tight.

Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 3

When determining what level of SNGs to play, you need to carefully consider your bankroll as well as your own confidence that you can beat a level. Remember to start out playing tight and loosen up later on in a tournament. Always be objective when analyzing your own play.

PokerStars Sit And Gos – 8 Game

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. PokerStars recently introduced a new mixed-game, 8-game, to their games. 8-game combines eight different poker games in a 6max format, testing a player’s ability in a wide variety of games. 8-game can be played in both a...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – Multi Table Turbo

Multi-table turbo SNGs on PokerStars are a faster-paced variant on normal Multi-table SNGs. You won’t have much time to wait around, so it’s important to try to accumulate chips early. When stacks are 10bb or less, be prepared to shove liberally to exploit fold equity.

Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 2

There are important differences in play between single-table and multi-table SNGs. There are other important considerations if you’re playing satellite Sit and Gos. Regardless of the type of SNG you play, you should observe your opponents and take relevant notes on them.

CrunchyNut’s Independent Chip Model

By request, I’ma try to lay down a more in depth explanation of ICM and what it could mean for your poker play. As a disclaimer, I’ve never used ICM to analyze my game, I’m not really working on the math of my game at this point – I don’t...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – 6-Max (Shorthanded)

The 6-handed SNG tournaments on PokerStars are different from their 9-handed counterparts in that fewer players will receive prizes for a given number of tables. Expect more aggressive play in shorthanded play than you would face at full tables.

PokerStars Sit And Gos – Heads Up

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. A popular format of Sit And Gos at PokerStars is their Heads-Up Format. In these games players compete against only one other person, in a winner-takes-all format. There are many different games offered at a large variety of...

Heads Up SNG Survival Guide

Heads-up SNGs can be extremely fun and profitable. Before playing, however, you need to make sure you’re adequately rolled for the stakes you’re going to play. Also, it’s probably helpful to brush up on your push/fold game because these types of tournaments often feature short-stacked play.

PokerStars Sit And Gos – Single Table Turbo

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. Sit & Go Tournaments are a very popular option for players looking to get a tournament environment without the time commitment of a regularly scheduled Multi-Table Tournament. Since Sit&Go’s (SnGs) start whenever...

SnG Key Strategies

There are a lot of strategic concepts involved in proper Sit and Go play. By learning how to wield your stack as a weapon, playing appropriately tight and developing proper preflop ranges, you’ll be well on your way to beating the games. You’ll also need to consider what other players are doing.

Double or Nothing SNG Advanced Strategy – Final Stages

(125/250 + 25 and beyond) ADJUSTING TO OPPONENTS Ultimately, you are going to need to steal a lot of blinds in DONs. Premium hands don’t come along all that often, so this means you are going to be pushing an awful lot of marginal hands. Generally, you should...

Double or Nothing SNG Advanced Strategy – Early Stages

(10/20, 15/30 and 25/50 + 5 blind levels) PRE-FLOP CARD SELECTION As we have discussed previously, you should play fairly tightly in the opening. The exact nature of how tight depends on personal preference. Since I am frequently playing 15+ tables at once, I want to...