Marko asked in Games & RecreationGambling · 1 decade ago

Poker Sit and Goes?

What are some good strategies for playing sit and goes

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Play very tight in the first few levels of the tourneys. Chips don't mean that much - it's OK if you fall below average for a little bit. Only play premium hands (AA, KK, QQ, JJ, TT, AK in early position, add to that 99, AQ in middle position, add to that 77, 88, AJ, AT or KQ in late position). A few levels in, hopefully a few people will be knocked out - at that point - you're playing at a smaller table & can begin to get aggressive. As you approach the bubble a lot of people will tighten up hoping to get in the money....great opportunity to be aggressive & do some blind stealing.

    An excellent free source of info is on the TwoPlusTwo forums. Go to -- you'll see a different forum for every specific type of poker.....there's one forum in particular specifically for one-table tourneys (i.e. SNGs) - you'll learn a tremendous amount by reading & participating in that forum.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you're playing a multi-tourney sit and go .... patience is the key...sit back for a minute and let the ones that are going to move "all in" kill eachother first. (you know there is always a couple all in's instantly) Then just play tight for a while. Watch what the other players are playing with. This is how I play.. and 3/4 of the time I can get into at 3rd place in a 9 person tourney.

    If you're playing a speed or turbo...let the all inners take eachother out and then be agressive. That way, the blinds don't go up and u end up way under 10x the big blind. Again..this is just how i do it.

  • 1 decade ago

    This is the plan I use for success in the long term with single table sit and goes. The example is with a $20 buy in and $2 fee for a total of $22.

    . If you are an average player competing against 9 other average players, mathematically, for every 10 tournaments you enter, you can expect to finish once in each position. That is, you’ll finish 1st once and win $100, 2nd once for $60 , 3rd once for $40 and 4-10 once each for no payout. You’ll have paid $220 to enter those 10 tournaments and you will have won $200. Your “average” play will have resulted in a $20 loss. Therefore, it is clear that you need to be better than average in order to make a profit. You need to finish in the money 3 times out of 9 instead of 10 to essentially break even (actually win $2). If you can finish in the money 3 times out of 8 you will win $24. Therefore, your first strategy is to eliminate 9th and 10th place finishes. You must play conservatively and wait for hands where you have a big advantage while you let 2 other players get knocked out.

    2. The next objective is to make it to the final 3 and get a payout. This is accomplished by variations in your play. If you are one of the short stacks, you will have to take chances. You would like to get to be one of the top 3 stacks. Once that occurs your play is dictated by circumstances. Try to avoid confrontations with the other 2 large stacks unless you have a clear advantage, but press the play against those who are short on chips.

    This reason for this interim objective is this: The largest difference in payout is between 2nd and 1st places. In this example 1st will win you $40 more than 2nd. But, $40 is also the difference between finishing 3rd instead of 4th, while the difference between 3rd and 2nd is only $20. So, getting into the top 3 is critical for making a profit over the long term.

    3. The final objective is to win or at least improve to 2nd. The most important factor is the relative size of yours and your opponents’ stacks, not the actual number of chips, in determining your tactics. For example, your play as chip leader with 80% of the chips would be different from being the chip leader with only 40% of the chips. In the former situation, you can aggressively attack the others since you would still be the leader even if you lost a hand or 2. Or, if the 2 short stacks go all-in against one another you can step aside, watch one get eliminated and still be the overwhelming leader. In the later situation you need to be more careful, since one all-in loss would likely drop you from 1st place to a very short stacked 3rd.

  • 1 decade ago

    In a full tournament i like to play tight, but most sit n go's are short events with low chips to start, so i like to ram and jam a lot from the get go. If i can get it in even as only a small favorite i do it, because getting chips in the early going is key to winning the table. Like at the w.s.o.p this year the 175.00 sit n go you only got 1000.00 chips and 15 minute rounds to play with, so you had to jam a lot and get your chips in to win.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    There are a few things you need to do in order to get the basics of a sit n go tournament correct. If you sticj to a basic strategy then you will have much more chance of getting in the money seats. Knowing when to play tight and then change up to an aggressive style is key to winning, and you can find more about that here.....

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