Sit n Go strategy

There’s not one single Sit n Go strategy that will fit the bill on all occassions.

That said, here are a few pointers.Sit n Go strategy

Break the tourney up in your mind into distinct stages (early, middle, late)

In early stages, (level 1 and 2) your goal is to play PREMIUM hands (AA, KK, and AK in any position, QQ in LATE position only) against (ideally) one opponent.

I like to limp with a small-medium pocket pair in the early stage hoping for a set. From the button, you might call the BB with a hand like TJ or QJ suited with 5 or 6 limpers in front of you. The potential payoff on a hand like that is just too great to not throw 5 or 10 chips in the pot.

Avoid playing hands like AT, AJ, KJ, KT (suited or not) in the early stages.

You will get hands like this often enough to get bled down significantly…which is the last thing you want just as the blinds start to increase.

Middle stage, (levels 3+4), the blinds are starting to matter a little bit. By now you should have SOME sort of idea who is playing tight and who is playing not so tight at your table. You will use this information to see who you might be able to grab a few blinds from. You are still playing your premium hands, but since a 2 – 4 people should be gone during this stage, you can add JJ and TT to late position (and start raising with QQ in early position) since you are no longer up against a full table.

In the final stages of the tourney, (level 5+) you need to assess your current situation. Look at your stack, and look at the blind levels, look at everyone else’s stack. What is YOUR table image? How are the OTHER players playing?

How far are you from the money?

These are things that play an important roll in how you play your hands. If you are short stacked (5 – 7 times the BB) you probably want to be pushing in with ANY pair in an unraised pot as well as AT or better. If you are midstacked, your SOLE purpose is to outlast the short stacks. Don’t try to win the SNG right there. Steal where you can, get value from any premium hands you are lucky enough to get…but don’t be seeing many flops by just calling. You should be raising or folding (mostly folding unless YOU are the big stack and are used to bullying a bit).

Once you hit the money, the whole game changes. The short stack may get very aggressive. They are desperate, made the money, and now are going to try to put some moves on. You can call them much more readily than you can the big stack. If you are the big stack, lean on the mid stack with minraises.

These are just a couple of general guidelines. There are other situations where you could build a case for diverting from the strategy, but in general it’s a good one. I play $100 sngs and do fairly well at them.