Online Poker

Winning Sit and Go’s

by Jeremy

Most beginning poker players are happy to cash in a sit and go tournament because it’s tough to do on a consistent basis. But at some point, you need to turn the corner and start winning some of these SNG’s so that you turn a long-term profit. This being said, let’s take a look at some tips for winning sit and go’s.

Tip #1 - Exploit the Bubble

The biggest problem that most beginning poker players have when it comes to winning sit and go’s is that they don’t play aggressive enough on the bubble. As we mentioned before, most new players are just happy to make it ITM. But you need to think outside of your current situation and even the current SNG, and instead look at the big picture. In other words, you need to let go of the fear of busting out, and be looking to steal pots from tight players when you’re in the cut-off, the button or in the blinds. Sure there will be times when you get caught and possibly even lose your stack; but looking at the long-term, stealing pots and abusing tight players near the bubble is +EV.

Tip #2 - Realize how Wide Opponents’ Ranges are

One of the biggest things that prevents players from being aggressive and trying to steal is their cards. For example, J-9(o) isn’t the ideal hand to reraise with preflop; however, you can’t keep folding this in the later stages of SNG’s when your stack is low because you’ll be blinded out. The reason why is because your opponents will play a very wide range of hands in the late stages so they can steal chips. And if you’re being extremely tight, other players will keep picking on you and stealing pots from you.

Tip #3 - Switch Gears

To cap off our discussion on winning SNG’s, it’s very important that you know when to switch gears and start playing a wider range of hands. After all, it’s ideal to play tight in the beginning when blinds are low and your stack isn’t in danger. But as we keep stressing, you’ll need to open up your range of playable hands to steal blinds and build your stack towards the end. Knowing when to do so comes with experience and carefully observing your opponents.

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