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Poker Strategy: Sit ‘n Go

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

SNG

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

Most Recent Sit ‘n Go Articles

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...

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.

Scuba Chuck’s What is Expected Value(EV)?

What is Expected Value? (EV). Poker is a mathematical game. And, if you approach it as such, there is opportunity to make it a profitable game. Furthermore, if you delve deep enough into the analysis, you can ‘tweak’ your game enough to understand how to maximize your...

Double or Nothing SNGs – Part II – Post Flop Play

Disclaimer: This guide is based on my experiences of $10 DON SNGs.   Introduction This post follows on from my Introduction to DONs and looks at post-flop play and how play needs to adjust as a tournament progresses.   Post-Flop Play When you see a flop, you...

TLR’s Pocket Pairs in SnG’s/Sit n Go’s

Pocket Pairs 101 Pocket pairs are considered one of the easiest types of hands to play, but as with usual with poker, nothing is really easy and straight forward. In this guide I will try to cover basic playing strategy with pocket pair, with some emphasis on specific...

Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 4

In order to increase your hourly while playing SNGs, you may decide to multitable. You can try to stagger the starting times of your tournaments to make the process easier for you. Any SNG player can improve his or her results by learning to bluff well.

Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 1

Several people have been after me to write down my thoughts on SnG (sit & go) tournaments. I do not claim to be an expert at one and two table tournaments; however I have enjoyed a great deal of success playing them. To clarify, my style of writing and teaching...

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.

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.

EV Calculations Tutorial 5: Tournament Calculations

If you want to make EV calculations during a Sit and Go tournament, you’ll have to become familiar with the Independent Chip Model. The value of your chips will fluctuate depending on the stage of the tournament and your stack size. You need to use an ICM calculator to get accurate results.

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...

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.

TLR’s Guide to All Things Turbo

It has been a while since I posted something that is more general then comments about specific hands, and I decided to try to come up with some dos and don’ts that are specific to turbo SNGs. This is mainly targeted for mid buy in stars SNGs ($15+1 and $25+2) single...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – HORSE

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. PokerStars features Sit & Go Tournaments (SNGs) for over a dozen different poker games, offering something for everyone, no matter what your favorite game or skill level. For those that excel in multiple types of games, or...