Sit n Go Strategy and Tips

Published: 29/09/2011

Gone is the notion that Sit n Go Poker is a side event between scheduled tournaments and ring games (cash games). The genre has truly come into its own at online Poker rooms, and those who take the time to develop a winning strategy are discovering plenty of reasons to make this form of play a major part of their game.

More than a few factors that contribute to Sit n Go success are within the control of the player. They begin with the Buy In, which should never exceed one-tenth of the player’s maximum bankroll. Limiting one’s entries to such events will ensure that a string of unfortunate sessions doesn’t wipe the bankroll out. What’s more, it is possible to play with a higher degree f focus and confidence when only a small portion of what’s available is at risk.

Another controllable factor is the structure of the Sit n Go. Ones that feature a high number of chips and slowly increasing blinds will favour skilled players. Those with few chips and fast blinds will be more about luck than skill. Also, tables that seat 10 players tend to be better for veterans than those seating only nine, increasing the prize pool and allowing for one more “fish” to be played.

Once play begins, it can be divided into three strategic sections: Early rounds, Middle Rounds and Head’s Up. Conservative play is typically rewarded in the former; look for opportunities where the risk/reward ratio is low, rarely staying in with less than A-Q suited or a pair of Queens.

When a few players have been knocked out and the blinds are worth more, play can become more aggressive because there will be more to gain by it. Continuation bets can be attempted. Blinds can be stolen from tighter players. The Middle Rounds are all about building up stacks and becoming the chip leader.

Surviving to the final Heads-Up portion of the Sit n Go is a success in itself, and second place pays some prize money, but the big win comes from knocking out that final opponent, which requires yet another shift in strategy. It’s all about action and reaction. With no hands to sit out and watch, play moves along very quickly. It’s time to open up play even more and take chances, especially pre-flop. That’s when most of the action occurs, going all in with a small pocket pair or raising with any suited connectors. Be the aggressor, not the deer caught in the headlamps.

Here, too, are four additional tips regarding Sit n Go play, garnered from Poker room regulars and professionals who swear by the money to be made in such sessions.

Don’t Wait for Monster Hands – They are rare. Finishing in the money is most often achieved by those who study the other players, figure out their weaknesses and exploit them. Take notes while you play.

Record and Review – Record-keeping reveals a lot not only about opponents, but also about one’s own play. Going back over notes post-play can help identify flaws and improve them.

Play at Multiple Tables – Online Sit n Go games can be played simultaneously to maximise profit potential. Begin multi-tabling just as soon as possible—usually two or three at once—while being careful not to get confused by taking on too many.

Be Patient and Disciplined – Luck plays a 30% role in Sit n Go games. Don’t stress out, get overly excited or rush play. Slow and steady wins the race.

Published on: 29/09/2011

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