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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

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.

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.

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...

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.

Most Recent Sit ‘n Go Articles

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.

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 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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – Multi Table Turbo

Multi-table turbo SNGs on PokerStars are a faster-paced variant on normal Multi-table SNGs. You won’t have much time to wait around, so it’s important to try to accumulate chips early. When stacks are 10bb or less, be prepared to shove liberally to exploit fold equity.

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 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 will be...