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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 180-man SnGs. Each table starts with 9 players, and tables are closed after 9 players are eliminated until the final table is reached.
The regular-structure multi-table SnGs generally take a long time to finish. The 20-table, 180 man SnGs will take approximately three hours to complete, while the 45-man SnGs will take anywhere from an 90 minutes to 2 hours. The blinds increase every 15 minutes as shown below:
125/250 Ante: 25
150/300 Ante: 25
200/400 Ante: 50
300/600 Ante: 50
400/800 Ante: 75
500/1000 Ante: 100
600/1200 Ante: 125
800/1600 Ante: 150
1000/2000 Ante: 200
1500/3000 Ante: 300
2000/4000 Ante: 400
2500/5000 Ante: 500
3000/6000 Ante: 600
The payouts in these SnGs can be quite the boost to a bankroll, winning a 180-man SnG typically pays 54X the buy-in amount. Here are the typical pay-outs for some of the more popular Multi-Table SnGs:
$4.40 180-man SnG
$5.50 18-man SnG
$5.50 45-man SnG
There is some basic strategy that will help you go deeper in these tournaments, allowing you to increase your ROI (Return on Investment) and your chances at winning. First of all, play tight early! There is no need to take unnecessary chances early on in this structure. With the blinds escalating slowly there is no rush to get all of your chips in the middle. However, if you were to find yourself short on chips at any point in the tournament you need to UP the aggression! If you have 10BB’s or less it is time to double-up or go home. The payouts are heavily weighted towards the top 2-3 spots, meaning that near bubble time it pays to be aggressive and accumulate a lot of chips.
Once you’ve reached the final table moving up the pay-ladder is important. Try to identify opponents who are playing too tight and passive and take advantage of them. Just like earlier in the tournament, if you find yourself short on chips (10BBs or less) it’s time to push all-in or fold, there is no reason to be raising small or limping in.
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