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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...

## 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...

## 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...

## EV Calculations Tutorial 5: Tournament Calculations

This is the fifth part of a series of tutorials teaching people how to perform expected value calculations with a minimum amount of math. Please read through the first four parts of this series before you start into this segment on tournament calculations. While the...

## 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...

## Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 2

This is a continuation of DavSimon’s Single Table Tournament (SnG) strategies. Click here to read DavSimon’s Sit-n-Go/Turbo Strategy Guide Part 1. SnG Strategy Guide – Section 4 Alright, now we know what stakes we should be playing at, we now have to...

## 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 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...

## Full Tilt Poker SnG Tournaments – Types/Definitions/Descriptions

Click here to read our Full Tilt Poker Review. Have you ever wondered what Sit & Go tournaments were available on Full Tilt in your favorite games? Have you ever wondered what the buyin levels were, so you could plan your moves up? Well, wonder no more. FTR have...

## 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

I want to initiate some discussion on c-betting, so I decided to post some of my thoughts on c-bet, hopefully this will inspire some discussion on the topic. Definition of c-bet The following definition is taken from the FTR lingo: C-Bet/cBet/Continuation bet –...

## 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...

## PokerStars Sit And Gos – Multi Table Regular

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. There are many different types of PokerStars Multi-Table Sit And Gos. Formats start as low as two-tables and as high at 20-tables. The most popular forms of these games are 2, 5, and 20 table SnGs, also known at 18, 45, and...

## Apply Yourself at Learning Poker

I haven’t made a long post for a while, so I’ll write something down now. This post is primarily aimed at beginners, but it wouldn’t hurt for some of the veterans to read it. So, you’ve just discovered Texas Hold’em. You start playing and...

## 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,...

## vqc’s Sit-n-Go Poker Moves & Plays

*These are not moves that I made up. I do not claim to be the creator of these moves. These plays are ones that I have collected, saved, and typed up from multiple sources. *if anyone who DID create these moves objects to me posting the move here, please tell me * I...

## 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...

## 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...

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

In a bit of a departure from the cash game focus that I normally have, I’m going to cover some basic to intermediate ideas involving SNG endgames. We’re going to start with some basic game theory concepts as regards heads-up spots, and we’re going to...

## Using Game Theory in SNG Tournaments (Part 2): More HU Basics

In last week’s edition, we looked at the absolute basics of how to use HU Nash equilibriums to determine proper play and exploitation against players in push/fold scenarios. I mentioned that once you get to the point that there are at least 10-12 big blinds...

## 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...

## PokerStars SnG Tournaments – Types/Definitions/Descriptions

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. Have you ever wondered what Sit & Go tournaments were available on PokerStars in your favorite games? Have you ever wondered what the buyin levels were, so you could plan your moves up? Well, wonder no more. We here at FTR...

## Low Buy-in SNG Do’s & Dont’s

OK, here’s v1.0. Most comments have been incorporated below. Further comments most welcome. There are countless other strategy guides out there; however I thought that since FTR seems to attract a high proportion of beginner/low buy-in SNG players I would...

## Playing Blinds in SNGs

After reviewing a couple of tournies on here, and after seeing some of the worst blind play ever last night, I wanted to just post some thoughts on blind play in SNGs. You see there seems to be a switch in a poker players head when it comes to playing in the blinds....

## Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 4

This is a continuation of DavSimon’s Single Table Tournament (SnG) strategies. Click here to read DavSimon’s Part 1: Sit-n-Go/Turbo Strategy Guide here to read Part 2: SNG Strategy Guide – 6 Max SNG & Other SNG’s, or here to read Part 3:...

## PokerStars Sit And Gos – Single Table

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. Sit & Go Tournaments on PokerStars are arguably one of the most popular pursuits for the online poker player in today’s environment. Their appeal is simple, they are called Sit & Go’s because once you enter...

## PokerStars Sit And Gos – Multi Table Turbo

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. The Multi-Table Turbo Sit And Gos at PokerStars are a faster-paced version of their regular SnGs. The blinds escalate much more quickly, causing players to be eliminated much faster and greatly shortening the time of each...

## TLR’s Sit-n-Go Beginner Pitfalls

After a few months of playing online poker for real money I thought it would be appropriate to summarize a few of the common mistakes that I learnt through losing my money, and I saw my friends make and I commonly see on this site. Nothing I say here is any new and...

## 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...

## SnG Key Strategies

I’ve seen some excellent sng guides out on the boards. Now it’s my turn to put my own personal spin on it…. This is not intended to be a step-by-step sng guide. It is an attempt to answer the big picture question: What are the main strategic areas...

## Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 3

This is a continuation of DavSimon’s Single Table Tournament (SnG) strategies. Click here to read DavSimon’s Part 1: Sit-n-Go/Turbo Strategy Guide or here to read Part 2: SNG Strategy Guide – 6 Max SNG & Other SNG’s. Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide...

## 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...

## Double or Nothing SNGs – Part III – Bubble Play & Collusion

Disclaimer: This guide is based on my experiences of \$10 & \$20 DON SNGs.   Introduction This post follows on from my ‘DONs Mid-Tournament & Post Flop Play’ and looks at end game strategy based around bubble play and collusion.   Bubble...

## 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 – Double or Nothing

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. PokerStars recently introduced a new format in their offerings of Sit & Go tournaments. These “double or nothing” tournaments, as the name implies, only result in two outcomes. You either make the money and win...

## PokerStars Sit And Gos – 6-Max (Shorthanded)

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. A popular format of PokerStars SNG format is their new 6-handed structure. PokerStars offers a variety of games, buy-ins, and blind structures for their 6max games. 6max SNGs are offered from \$1+\$0.20 up to \$50+\$5. PokerStars...

## 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...

## Heads Up SNG Survival Guide

One of the more exciting forms of poker today has to be Heads-Up Sit-N-Go’s. These mini tournaments pit two players against one another in a winner-take-all format. Every site has these one on one events with most ranging from \$2 all the way up to thousands of...

## 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...

## Using Game Theory in SNG Tournaments (Part 3): Semi-Bluff Analysis

Moving right along with our study of game theory in the SNG environment, we’re going to be looking at some bluffing and semi-bluffing scenarios this week. The point here is to introduce players to incorporating ICM into their EV calculations and to give you some...

## PokerStars Sit And Gos – Heads Up No Blind Increase

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. PokerStars has a wide variety of Sit & Go (SNG) Tournaments available for their players. One of the more popular variations are heads up tournaments, which match the player against a single opponent in a “winner take...