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Roy Rounder of Sit N Go Shark provided the below write-up that describes the sit & go’s in general, the Sit & Go Shark software
The Fastest And Easiest Way To Make A KILLING At Online Poker Tournaments by Roy Rounder
Everyone knows the surest way to make money at online poker is by WINNING TOURNAMENTS. The reason is because you can win large multiples of your buy-in… 200%, 500%, 1000%, or even higher.
In this strategy article we’ll discuss step-by-step exactly how I consistently make a “killing” at online poker by beating Sit and Go tournaments. Read on to learn this amazingly simple method…
What Is A Sit And Go?
A Sit and Go is an online poker tournament. The name “Sit and Go” comes from the fact that these games are fast– with a clear beginning and end. Each Sit and Go has a pre-determined number of players… so once the spots are filled, the game starts.
Everyone in a Sit and Go must buy-in for the same amount of money and starts with the same number of chips.The blinds gradually go up in “levels” or “stages” until one player is left standing.
The payouts are determined before the game and are displayed when you buy-in.
How Many Players Are In A Sit And Go?
Sit and Go’s can have as many as 50 players or as few as 2. It really just depends on which casino you’re playing at and which type YOU CHOOSE.
A majority of Sit and Go’s are single table games with 10 players. In a game like this, the top 3 finishers would place “in the money”. (“Single Table Tournament” is abbreviated STT.)
For instance, let’s say you want to play a $10 Sit and Go. You buy-in for $10 and pay an “entry fee” to the casino– probably a buck. All 10 players would start with the same number of chips– let’s say 800. The blinds would start low, probably 5-10. As the game progresses, the blinds will keep increasing to force action. The buy-ins on a game like this would total $100. That money would get split between the top three finishers. First place would be $50, second place would get $30, and third place would get $20…
How Long Do Sit And Go’s Last?
A 10-player Sit and Go will usually last between 30-60 minutes. Some casinos have “turbo” Sit and Go’s where the blinds go up faster. Turbo games finish more quickly.
A 2-player Sit and Go– which is really just a “heads-up” match– will often last a FEW MINUTES before ending.
There are also Sit and Go’s with 5 players, 8 players, 20 players, 30 players, and so on. (A Sit and Go with more than 10 players will be played on more than one table. These are known as “Multi-Table Tournaments”, abbreviated MTT.)
No limit Texas Holdem Sit and Go’s are generally faster than limit Sit And Go’s… because the ability to move “all-in” gets things moving.
How Do Sit And Go’s And Ring Games Differ?
The easiest way to understand the distinction is to understand that Sit and Go’s are simply TOURNAMENTS. Ring games are like “cash games”. Here are some of the key differences:
* You can buy-in or leave anytime during a ring game, whereas you must enter the beginning of a Sit and Go to play.
* Sit and Go’s have a clear start (when everyone is ready) and end (when only one player is left). Ring games are ongoing.
* The blinds go up during Sit and Go’s, so in the later stages you’re forced to loosen your starting hand selection and take risks. In ring games, the blinds stay the same.
* Winning a Sit and Go requires a completely different set of strategies and techniques than winning a ring game…
Why Sit And Go’s Are So Popular
Sit and Go’s are HOT right now. I personally love to play Sit and Go’s, because I can often make MORE money and have MORE fun than in ring games.
Playing a ring game requires “grinding it out”…
Playing a Sit and Go is an exciting battle with ups and downs– with a “do or die” feeling to it.
And here’s the best part: When you learn how to master the STRATEGIES for Sit and Go’s, you can amass a FORTUNE in winnings! You can predictably and consistently log onto your computer and win tournament after tournament after tournament…
Here’s why: Since Sit and Go’s pay the top finishers, you don’t have to place first to always make money. You obviously WANT to win first– but it’s not necessary for making a profit. I’ve developed a system of tactics where I shoot for first, but “hedge my bets” to settle for 2nd or 3rd as a backup plan…
How To Consistently Beat Sit And Go’s
Because of their unique structure, there are SPECIFIC strategies you need to beat Sit and Go’s on a consistent basis.
It’s taken me YEARS to “crack the code” on this and figure it all out. But now that I have, I can easily log onto my online poker account and make money… just about every time.
It’s a great feeling. And I want to share it with you.
That’s why I developed Sit & Go Shark.
The concept for Sit And Go Shark is actually very simple. This easy-to-install poker software is like having your very own PERSONAL POKER COACH.
That “coach”, of course, is me.
When you use Sit & Go Shark, the program shares several pieces of IMPORTANT ADVICE that you need to be thinking about at the table– everything from your cards to blinds to positioning to pot odds and more…
The advice– which took me over 6 MONTHS to write!– is drawn from a HUGE DATABASE of possible combinations and factors. It runs alongside your table while you play, so it requires ZERO extra work from you.
I should also point out that online casinos don’t mind if you use Sit & Go Shark. As you know, some software out there is banned and dangerous to use… and I would never, ever recommend you to any of these software programs. You can feel comfortable using anything I point you to.
Anyway, like I was saying, Sit & Go Shark is like having me sitting on your shoulder… telling you what to do each step of the way… and teaching you how to handle the situation.
You’ll get two main benefits from using it:
1. You’ll win more (a LOT more) money simply by following the advice.
2. You’ll learn more (a LOT more) about the game of Texas Holdem. You’ll even do better at offline tournaments and ring games, even though you won’t have the tool in front of you.
Pretty cool, huh?
How To Consistently Beat Sit And Go’s by Roy Rounder
It’s so simple…
And so obvious…
Yet no one seems to get it!
What’s this easy-to-use secret for beating Sit and Go tournaments online?
The answer is this:
I know… I know… you were expecting something more, um… "secretive".
But the truth is, winning at Sit and Go’s is pretty damn easy. I find them easier than "real" poker games, actually.
And that’s why every time I turn on the computer these days I feel like a kid in a candy store… ready to clean out the amateurs at the poker room of my choosing.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
What I want to discuss here is why PATIENCE is so critical for Sit and Go success.
First, let’s get back to some basics. There are four types of poker playing styles:
Your style should be tight-aggressive.
Don’t confuse "styles" with "preferences". If you want to be a good card player, you DON’T get to DECIDE to be tight-aggressive.
You MUST be tight-aggressive in order to be good.
Of course there are DEGREES of each playing style, and that’s what accounts for the differences between one pro and another… the DIFFERENT DEGREES of tight-aggressive.
OK, now let me ask you:
What does "tight-aggressive" really MEAN?
Here’s the answer:
It means that you play TIGHT in terms of hand selection, but AGGRESSIVE when you enter a pot.
Be careful… "tight" and "aggressive" are not opposites. "Tight" and "loose" are opposites. And so are "aggressive" and "passive".
TIGHT refers to hand selection. AGGRESSIVE refers to betting.
OK… so this is how playing styles relate to Sit and Go’s…
The NATURE of Sit and Go’s makes them OVERRUN by LOOSE-AGGRESSIVE style players.
The reasons are simple:
1. You can play a Sit and Go virtually anytime, anywhere, and with anyone.
This means there’s very low risk in LOSING, since you can easily just move on to the next game. It’s not like in "offline" poker when once you get knocked out you’re DONE.
2. The money seems less "real".
Let’s be honest… We all know the feeling of making a deposit into an online poker account and thinking to ourselves how it doesn’t quite feel like REAL MONEY. Am I right?
3. There’s no "embarrassment".
Online poker is virtually 100% anonymous. If you make a stupid move, you’re not worried about what the other players THINK of you. Who cares?
After all, the other "players" are really just silly little avatars on an animated screen.
OK, so those are three (there are many more) of the reasons why Sit and Go’s (and pretty much all of online poker) are dominated by the playing style LOOSE-AGGRESSIVE.
Loose-aggressive is also known as the "manic" playing style. And what’s the FASTEST way to beat a manic?
Yep, you guessed it…
The reason is because MANICS are constantly playing many hands (loose) and doing so aggressively.
What happens is that it’s difficult to get a READ on them because you never know whether they’re bluffing or not… unless you call their bets… which you can’t do because you don’t have that great a hand.
Has this ever happened to you?
Have you ever been up against a player who seemed to be playing VERY aggressively and you just couldn’t figure out if they were bluffing or holding great cards?
And then when you got FED UP with it and DID make a call, he had you beat?
My guess is that it HAS happened to you… just as it’s happened for me.
The key thing to know is that THERE ARE certain steps you can take to defend this. (I even wrote an entire chapter about this topic in my book.)
But fortunately in Sit and Go’s, this isn’t really much of a problem. Because you’re usually not up against just one or two manics. You’re up against an ENTIRE TABLE of them.
That means you shouldn’t be CALLING anyone’s bets.
Instead, YOU should push the action when you have a monster hand… and ONLY when you have a monster hand. And that, of course, requires…
It’s actually much easier this way. Because with a table full of manics, you can rely on getting action with all your great hands.
(I should point out here that I’m generally referring to Sit and Go’s where the entry fee is less than $50. When the stakes are higher the quality of play is usually more intelligent.)
OK, so what I’m about to tell you might take some of the "fun" out of Sit and Go’s. But it will increase your profits dramatically…
Here’s what your Sit and Go "experience" should look like when the field is from 8 or 10 players down to 4 or 5 players.
If your hole cards are…
A-A, K-K – Go all in pre-flop if you’re in early position. If in late position and there was a raise, go all-in. If people were just trying to limp in, make a raise… and then bet very aggressively after the flop.
Q-Q, A-K – If you’re in an early position, bet big (but not all-in). If you’re in a late position, use your read on the other players to determine whether or not you think you have the best hand. If so, bet huge or go all-in.
All other pocket pairs – Limp-in. If you spike trips, go all-in. If not, fold.
Suited connectors – Limp-in if the blinds are reasonably low. Fold suited connectors under 7-6.
Ace-X suited – Limp-in if possible. Only bet if you hit the flush.
All other hands – Fold.
What you’ve just seen will be completely different than most "starting hand strategies" out there.
And that chart is NOT for all types of no limit Texas Holdem. We’re ONLY talking about games that match these three criteria:
1. Online poker Sit and Go tournaments 2. Low stakes (under $50 entry) 3. While there are more than 4 or 5 players at the table (in an 8-man or 10-man Sit and Go)
DO NOT use that starting hand advice for any other poker games… because that’s NOT how you should play your starting hands in general.
So why would Sit and Go’s be so much different than "normal" poker play?
Like I said before, the reason is because Sit and Go’s are heavily dominated by loose-aggressive players… and THIS is how you beat those guys.
Why exactly does this strategy work?
It works because you’re only playing monsters.
Now… if the players at Sit and Go’s were SMART, they’d OBSERVE that you’re only playing monster hands… and they’d FOLD as soon as you went all-in.
I mean… it only makes logical sense, right?
Indeed, this is how it works in live games. But not online. Because for online poker there’s another important factor working to your advantage…
NO ONE’S PAYING ATTENTION!
The truth is, many players are either drunk, hungover, stupid, or playing multiple tables at once. Or all of the above!
They’re not paying attention to your betting patterns. They’re just playing the CARDS, not the PLAYERS.
I call my strategy for patiently waiting for monster hands and then going all-in:
The reason is because my strategy is like the playing style tight-aggressive… but on STEROIDS.
Why go all-in so much?
It’s like I said… you WILL get action. Maybe not every single time, but enough times to make it well worth your while.
For Sit and Go’s, all you need to do is double-up ONCE before the field gets to 4 or 5 players.
THEN you can start playing aggressively. What will happen is that the 4 or 5 players LEFT IN THE GAME will usually be the smarter ones. And some of them WILL notice by now that you’re playing tight.
SO THEN what you do is steal blinds. It’s easy.
Everyone tightens up when there are four or five players in a hand because they want to make the money… and they want to be VERY CAREFUL to make it into the top three.
That is when you steal some blinds and add to your chip stack.
Then, after that point you’ll be in third place and will be in the money.
I have a ton of strategies for getting you into FIRST place too (after you get down to three players), but I’ll have to save those for a different newsletter.
You know, when I first came up with this strategy of "Tight-Aggressive Squared" I wasn’t COMPLETELY convinced it was the best way to win at Sit and Go’s.
At the time, I had been trying a lot of things. The idea of just being EXTREMELY PATIENT and then going all-in with monster hands seemed a little TOO SIMPLE.
Then one night, I was at a 10-man Sit and Go. I went all-in with a big hand early and doubled up. It was the only hand I got really involved with.
Then… with 9 players still at the table… my Internet shut off. I didn’t know what happened. All I know is that the Internet just plain STOPPED WORKING.
I would have called someone… but it was past two in the morning.
I messed with it for like fifteen minutes and then just gave up. Oh well… it’s just one Sit and Go.
Anyway… I started working on something else on my computer for awhile until all of the sudden the Internet came BACK on.
I logged into my poker room to see what had happened with the game. Immediately the screen POPPED-UP and the action was to me…
I was still in the game, it wasn’t over yet!
Not only that…
But there were only three players left!
I was in third, but still had some remaining chips to play around with.
I immediately went all-in and everyone folded. Then I did it again and everyone folded. And a few hands later I did it AGAIN.
I picked up three enormous sets of blinds and was right back in the game. The reason everyone was folding was because I hadn’t played a hand in 25 minutes. They were probably wondering what the hell was going on!
Anyway, as it turned out, I actually WON 1ST for this Sit and Go. First place baby… and my Internet only worked for about 1/5 of the game!
After I was done I started thinking about what had just happened. I realized that by PLAYING in a Sit and Go you can often do MORE DAMAGE THAN GOOD when there are lots of players at the table.
And of course, I became 100% convinced that the "magic equation" for success is:
PATIENCE + AGGRESSION
Your goal for these games should be to place in the money as much as possible. Period. So why risk chips on silly hands early on?
They’re just not worth it…
The other thing about this strategy is that it’s a HUGE time-saver. Because it doesn’t require hardly any work until there are 4-5 players left. It makes it MUCH easier to play multiple tables at once… or do other things while the Sit and Go plays in the background.
OK, so here’s your "Tight-Aggressive Squared" Sit and Go strategy:
1. Be patient, be patient, be patient!
Only play the hands I showed you earlier. Only bet before the flop with Aces, Kings, Big Slick, and Queens.
2. When you catch a monster, go all-in. Don’t do this if you think someone has you beat (i.e. there’s an obvious straight or flush draw on the board).
I’m talking about only playing hands when you know you have the best odds of winning.
3. When the field gets down to four or five players (depending on how high the blinds are and how many all-in showdowns you’ve won), shift gears completely and STOP using this "Tight-Aggressive Squared" strategy.
That, my friend, is the "secret" to Sit and Go’s.
It’s obvious… but not-so-obvious.
But it is DEFINITELY simple.
And you can start implementing it IMMEDIATELY…
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