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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

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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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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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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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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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

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...

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...

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...

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.

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 – Multi Table Regular

There are a wide variety of multi-table SNG tournaments at PokerStars, ranging from 18-man to 180-man formats. Winning one of the top prizes in the larger SNGs can be quite a boost to your bankroll. Remember to play tight early and become more aggressive as the blinds increase.

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...

Double or Nothing SNGs – Part I – Pre-Flop

Disclaimer: This guide is based on my experiences of $10 Double or Nothing SNGs (DONs).   Introduction This is a brief introduction to the ‘Double Or Nothing’ tournaments (DONs) that run on PokerStars. These are 10 man SNGs but with a flat payout...

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...

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...

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...

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.