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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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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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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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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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Most Recent Sit ‘n Go Articles

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...

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 – Middle Stages

(50/100 + 10, 75/150 + 15, 100/200 + 20) You should generally start to open up your starting hand requirements at this stage. Since there are now antes in the pot, the pot is becoming worthwhile to steal. If the hand is folded around to you in a late position, you...

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...

Double or Nothing SNG Advanced Strategy – Pregame

Disclaimer: This series is going be quite long, there is a lot to digest and I don’t intend that you read it all in one go. It’s probably best to read it in several short sections. To help you, I am splitting the guide into several smaller threads, which...

The ABCs of Continuation Betting

C-betting is something you should routinely be doing when the flop misses you. You need to take into account your position, the number of opponents on the flop, your hand and other factors when deciding whether or not to make a continuation bet.

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.

Nakamuras 2k Post

Background About 3 years ago my house-mate introduced me to the idea of online poker. I started playing cash games at Party Poker and I wasn’t very good. I had little what I was doing and was playing anything up to $1/$2 on a bankroll of less than $100 (in fact,...

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...

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...