How To Play Sit & Go Poker Tournaments

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BetMGM Aug 13, 2022, 8:24 AM

Are you new to the world of online poker? Then you’ve probably dabbled in both video poker and live poker online. You’ll have come to find that there are many different types of online poker tournaments from which to choose, each with its own set of rules, buy-in requirements, advantages and disadvantages. While knockout tournaments are arguably the most profitable – especially for experienced players – it’s safe to say that Sit & Go tournaments remain the most popular overall.

Read on to discover what Sit & Go poker tournaments entail, how to play, whether they’re a match for your unique playing style and which strategies can go a long way towards helping you win.

What are Sit & Go poker tournaments?

Sit & Go tournaments (also referred to as SNGs, single table tournaments or STTs) are short tournaments with a limited number of players. Every SNG can be likened to the final table of a multi-table tournament (note that there is also such a thing as multi-table Sit & Go tournaments.)

Unlike other types of poker tournaments, Sit & Go tournaments don’t have a predetermined starting time. Each has a set number of players required (usually six or nine in total), and the tournament begins once that specific number of players have signed up and bought in.

Generally, SNGs don’t run for longer than an hour and a half; some are even shorter than that. Some players prefer faster-paced gameplay and opt to sign up to take part in special SNGs called high-speed or turbo SNGs, which can be completed in around 20 minutes each. This is a great way to boost your hourly win rate if you can manage to keep up. If not, now’s the time to brush up on your poker skills and perhaps consider hiring a poker coach.

Are SNG online poker tournaments a good fit for you?

Most poker players enjoy the SNG tournament format, so these tournaments are worth a try regardless of your playing style, age or gender. They’re sure to be a fantastic fit if you have minimal free time to dedicate to playing online casino games. Gamblers with demanding jobs or young children enjoy the format of SNG tournaments because they don’t have to make any significant time commitments. They can join an SNG tournament at any time that suits their schedule and spend less than two hours playing from start to finish.

SNGs are also ideal for newer players still exploring the world of live poker online after “graduating” from video poker. The buy-in is usually much lower than those for knockout or multi-table tournaments, which means there’s a lot less pressure to win. SNGs are good practice if you’re looking to get serious about the game. They allow you to get more comfortable molding a strategy for yourself while learning about the importance of position, stack size and shifting hand values.

Strategies for winning SNG poker tournaments

Most SNG tournaments have three stages (the early, middle and late stage), each requiring a different strategy. Most poker pros recommend playing a tighter game in the early stage and folding the majority of your hands unless they seem extremely promising. Doing this will help prevent early elimination and enable you to take at least two-thirds of your stack into the middle stage.

The middle stage comes into play when approximately four or five players remain. The blinds will be high during this stage, so you’ll need to consider going all-in when a decent opportunity for building a worthy hand presents itself. Doing so could win you the tournament then and there. Of course, it’s essential to take note of the other players’ stack sizes in relation to yours. If everyone is fairly evenly matched, play it cool unless you’re dealt an exceptionally promising hand.

The blinds will be even higher once you’re down to the final three. Remember that most SNGs follow a traditional 50/30/20 payout structure, so it’s worth taking bigger risks to secure a bigger payout if and when you reach the late stage. Been dealt a good hand and found yourself in the position of having the tallest stack? Go all in and force the shorter-stacked players to commit. Short stacked? With little to lose and lots to gain, don’t hesitate to go all-in if you have good cards and less than ten big blinds.

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