Sit-n-Go School and How It Is Different From Other Poker Types

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Sit-n-Go School and How It Is Different From Other Poker Types

How SnG is different from other poker variants


If you want to become a professional poker player, the main question you have to answer is what poker variant you wish to become skilled in. Of course, you're free to study many poker variants, and play each of them profitably, but to achieve the largest profit within the smallest time-frame, you need to specialize and only concentrate on one variant.


All in all, most people cannot exactly say why they have chosen this or that poker variant. Mostly, the choice is made subconsciously, on an emotional level, or people start from the point of view that they're better at one certain type of poker, or that they prefer a certain type of poker as they think that psychologically, it suits them.


This article will talk about the difference between SnG 10max and other types of no-limit Texas Hold'em. Maybe it will help you determine the poker variant that appeals most to you.


SnG v Сash


The principle difference between tournaments and cash games is that there is no straight money-for-chips equivalent in tournaments as there is in cash games. It is important that you make profitable decisions from the point of positive expectation value (+EV); in tournaments you have to make a decision that will increase your tournament share.


In cash games you can leave the table any time – in tournaments you have to stay until the bitter end. That creates a certain impact on game planning. When you begin to play in a tournament – or several ones simultaneously – you have to plan your time so that nothing distracts you from the games until it is over: Not hunger, not physical needs, not guests who happen to swing by your place one evening. It works both ways – your opponents cannot leave the table either.


The quality of your internet connection is also more vital in tournaments than it is in cash games. If you lose your connection in a cash game, then you just vanish from the table along with your money. In tournaments, the blinds will eat away your stake until nothing is left.


SnG vs MTT

1. SnG is different from MTT only in the amount of people taking part in the tournament, and whilst this distinction may seem slight at first glance, it makes for a significant difference.


Uneven allocation of the prize pool in MTTs makes people work hard for the top places, making sacrifices so that they just end up in one of the money positions. The thing is that the main prize pool in MTTs is distributed between the players who get to the final table. It is not enough just to get in the money to have a good ROI in MTT, it is important to be placed high sometimes as well. In SnG you just have to get in the money, as for third place you get a good share of the prize pool (typically 20 percent), and moving up from third place to second place adds just ten percent more. Survival in the money is much more important for SnG than for MTT.


2. Because of the large amount of players in MTTs, you will only very rarely make it to the final table and dip a toe in the prize pool, so there will quite lengthy periods where you will be playing in the red. It is hard to keep your spirits up during these periods, but then it cuts both ways, and on the rare occasion that you do place high in a big tournament (first, second or third), you will receive a huge emotional boost. Such emotions are without compare to the one you feel when winning an SnG.




3. In MTTs you play at a full table most of the time, while in SnGs you nearly always play at a short tables, so you will need the skills of playing at a short table. The time of playing in a huge MTT for several hundreds or even thousands of players may reach eight hours, or probably even more. When you start playing in such tournaments, you should not feel even the merest hint of fatigue, otherwise in several hours time when the most important period of a tournament starts, you will hardly be able to demonstrate that you even know how to play. In SnGs you can let yourself “play for a couple of hours before going to bed”.


4. There are several different stages to a MTT, so the strategies change as well:


a) Post-bubble. As soon as a tournament comes into the money, as a rule the games become horn-mad. Players – especially those with short stacks – start playing very aggressively. You have to become a tight player, the same as you do at the beginning of a game, but to broaden just a little your rate of calling short-stack raises, but only if you are sure no one else is entering the hand.


b) Big prize bubble. Sometimes, in very big tournaments, local bubble levels appear before a high rise of winning places. Always keep track of the people left in a tournament, and the prize levels of the payouts so you notice such bubbles and you make use of them for your own profit.


c) Final table bubble. “Final” bubble starts when there are two or three people left before the final table game. At that time you play at short tables – five to six people each – and the blinds roll faster than at a full table. Use it – steal and re-steal, but keep in mind that more good than bad players reach this stage, and good players are well aware of what you are doing now.


5. MTTs leave more space for creative play. There are more standard actions and ways of playing in SnGs, which is why MTTs are usually more interesting to play in. SnG involves way more spade-work than MTTs.


SnG v HU SnG


Independent Chip Model (ICM) is not applicable to tournaments organized by the “winner gets everything” principle; A HU SnG is such a tournament. In this type of tournament your share changes only along with your stake, so it is enough to make profitable decisions from the positive expected value (+EV) point of view.


You have just one opponent in a HU SnG, which has a real impact on the game. On the one hand, it is easier to adapt to one person's playing style, but on the other hand that person is playing against one opponent too, so this characteristic is mutual. You have to adapt and play both creatively and differently whilst at the same time making your opponent's adjustment to you more difficult.



In HU SnGs you bet big and on SB virtually every hand, so to stop the blinds from eating up your chips. You have to be more active than you do in the usual SnGs. In addition, as you only have one opponent playing against you, the probability of a good hand in the game is quite low, which you can never say at a full table. If you enjoy aggressive, loose playing, then you have to try HU SnGs.