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Sit 'n Go Strategy
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Sit 'n Go Strategy

This article has the goal of providing you with a concise overview of how to play successful Sit n Go tournaments.

Sit n Go No-Limit Tournament game for 10 players
It's especially important to have the ability to read other players, that is to understand how they play when playing No-Limit. You can make a lot of money playing poker und this depends on the fact that you act differently with different opponents. In No-Limit Games it's wrong to assume that it's always correct to play tightly. Yet that's the safest way to play and often necessary for winning at fully occupied tables.
Before you play your first tournament:

1: It's suggested to choose one of the tables with the lowest "Buy In".

2: Once you've registered and payed, you and the players at your table will equally have points assigned to you. All players then play with these points. Thus everyone plays under the same conditions and no-one needs to worry about an insufficient bankroll.

3: The first three places usually get a prize. The prize is taken from the sum which all players paid before beginning the game (Buy In).

The tournament begins - 10 players at the table
Stay extremely passive. At the beginning play only the absolute top cards. Play tightly and let the others make the mistakes. Usually you can take it slow and let yourself become fifth place and only then should you begin to play. Even if you have nothing good in your hand, try to concentrate on the other players, so that you learn how they act. Ignore completely the fact that you already paid the Big Blind (BB) or Small Blind (SB). It's not worth wasting even more money if you don't have good cards in your hand. That could become expensive and perhaps at the same time you'll also have a pair in the flop which is too low and thus could end up in dangerously pricey situations. You will probably notice quite quickly that a player makes an "All In", loses and has to leave the table. Once in a while you can also play an average hand, so that you don't become known as a player who's too tight. If that ends up being the case and you really do get a good hand there's a risk of the other players folding. You should at least expect that these cards come in order, i.e. 7 8s or 9 10s. If you're lucky there'll be something valuable in the flop. But always play calmly. It's imprudent to play too hard with the pair 10 10 and with 9 as the kick card.

Many players do just that. Concentrate on building up your image as a tight player (at the end you'll play more loosely).

Middle of the tournament - the number of players is still greater than 5
Let's pretend that you have received average hands and have played safely. It is then plausible that you've won some money. Surely you haven't made any considerable losses or have been left behind. Now bear in mind that you have to choose the player carefully against whom you'd like to play "All In". With only AK it's not worth playing "All In", especially not if you are playing against a larger chip stack.To make an "All In" before the flop without a high pair is often very costly. You should never forget this. It's better to raise highly if the situation isn't acute anyway.Continue playing rather tightly as long as the number of players is above 5. Now comes the point where it's important to remember how each of the opponents have played.

End of tournament - the number of players is 5 or less
At the end of the game you profit from the tight game you've played so far. The players at the table should have quite a bit of respect for you and the hands you've played. Once the others respect you the opportunity has come to steal a few blinds (admittedly only if you have a chip stack which allows this). Blinds are valuable at the end. Play misleadingly. Raise your low suited connectors (see glossary), check high suited connectors and so on. Your goal is to get a strong flop so that at the end you can win tons of money. A misleading raise could force your opponents to pay considerably if you hit the bull's eye. However, once in a while you won't have enough chips and then it can be difficult to have the freedom for these "special moves".

Heads up - you and one opponent are the last ones in the game Either you have an advantage or not. Now luck plays a big role. Usually you can't afford to lose many blinds one after the other either because your opponents make raises. I myself, if I was the weaker one, would without a doubt make an "All In" with the first best pair or the first ace with kicker card 7 or higher. To play along when my opponent makes an All In, I'd probably choose a pair or high sequential cards. Of course, if possible, with the same colour, but in the end you can't count on that. Especially not for pairs.

Keep in mind that the rules for point eight only apply in "acute" circumstances, when you are able to afford maybe only a few Big Blinds. If, however, you have an advantage, you have a better possibility of choosing your cards more easily. Doing this costs you as well of course, because the costs of the blinds are so high. Naturally this has to be considered.

For the time being this should suffice as a small introduction to Sit & Go Tournaments.