Sit-n-Go School. Great Sit-n-Gos are unlike any other form of poker.

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Sit-n-Go School. Great Sit-n-Gos are unlike any other form of poker.

Great SnGs are unlike any other form of poker

If you want to become a professional poker player, you will need to decide which of the types of poker to focus on. You can certainly learn a lot of different poker games and try to play profitably in all of them, but to maximize your profits in the shortest possible time, it helps to specialize and to concentrate on one of them.


In general, most people can not clearly say why they chose one form of poker or the other, often the choice is made unconsciously, on an emotional level. Alternatively it may be because a certain type of poker game goes better for them than another and the game gets better just because of the fact that this form of poker is the most psychologically comfortable for them.


In this article, we will focus on the differences between 10 max SnG 10 and other types of No-Limit Texas Hold 'em, maybe it will help you to identify "your" kind of poker.



SnG vs Cash

The key difference between tournament play and cash games is that the chips in tournaments do not have a direct equivalent in monetary terms. In cash games it is important to take the best action in terms of the expectation of a positive result or expected value (+ EV), in the tournaments you have to take decisions with a view to increasing your share of the tournament prize.


In cash games, you can always get up and walk away from the table, in tournaments you can not do this. This affects game strategy. Sitting down to play a tournament, or several at the same time you have to plan your time so that nothing will distract you from the game until the tournament is over, no hunger, no calls of nature, no guests dropping by in the evening. No matter what, you can not leave the table and neither can your opponents.


Also having a good network connection is more important in tournaments than in cash games. If the connection is broken in a cash game, you are eventually just removed from the table without losing money whereas in tournaments your stack will be completely eaten away.


SnG vs MTT

MTTs and SnGs different only in the number of people taking part in the tournament, and this seemingly small difference gives rise to a number of fundamental differences .


1. The uneven distribution of the prize money in MTTs forces players to fight for first place, sometimes sacrificing a simple slide into the money. The fact that the prize money is distributed among all the MTT players who make it to the final table, means that to make a good ROI in MTTs you often need more than just the little prizes, sometimes you really need to finish higher up the table. In SnGs you need to try just to get into the money, which means third-place You get most of the prize money there (20 %), and the transition from third to second place only adds another 10%. Survival on the bubble in SnGs is much more important than the survival on the bubble in MTTs.


2. Because of the large number of players in a MTT you will rarely get to the final table and get a good place, and therefore will be very long periods when you are playing “in the red”. During these periods, it is difficult to maintain good spirits and good humour. However, there is another side to the coin, in the rare times when you can take a high place in a big tournament (first , second or third) , you will experience a very strong positive emotions, the thrill of victory in SnGs just can't hold a candle to it.



3 . In MTTs most of the time you are playing at a full table in SnG 's almost always win a short-handed table, therefore, you need skills in short-handed games. While playing in a big MTT, several hundred or even thousands of people can play for up to eight hours, maybe more . Sitting down to play in a tournament you should feel any traces of fatigue, or after a few hours, when the real game begins, you are unlikely to show your best form. In the same SnG you can afford to "play" a couple of hours before going to bed.


4. In MTTs there are several stages of a game and thus strategy changes:


  • The post- bubble. Once the tournament came into the money, as a rule, an extremely relaxed game begins, the players, especially the short-stacks began to play very aggressively. As at the beginning of the game, you should make your game tight, but expand your calling range with regards to the pushey short stacks, provided that you are sure that no one else is going to play.
  • Mini-Bubbles. Sometimes, in very large tournaments there are mini-bubbles before a significant increase in prize money. Always be sure of the number of people remaining in a tournament and the prize levels for payments so that you will notice such bubble and use it to your advantage.
  • The Final-Table Bubble. The final-table bubble is when there are only 2-3 people to be knocked out before the final table. At this point you are playing short-handed, that is 5-6 people and the blinds come around faster than at a full table. Use this — raise and reraise, but keep in mind that at this point there are getting to be more good players than bad and the good players are well aware of what you are up to.


In MTTs there is more space for creative play, SnGs tend to be more formulaic, so MTTs tend to be more interesting to play than SnGs. SnGs in this sense are more tedious and routine work than MTTs.


SnG vs HU SnG

In tournaments where the winner takes all, such as HU SnG tournaments, the “Independent Chip Model“ (ICM) is not applicable. In this type of tournament your chances of winning only change with the size of your stack, therefore, it is enough to make profitable decisions from the point of view of the expectation of a positive result (+ EV).


In HU SnG you always face one opponent and it has a certain effect on the game. On the one hand it is easier to adjust to the single-player game, on the other hand, your opponent is also playing against a single opponent, so it benefits and hinders both of you. Therefore, you need to adjust and vary your play as much as possible, which will make it more complicated for your opponent to adjust to you.



In HU SnG you are in the blinds, large or small, every single hand, so it is impossible for you to avoid them eating at your stack, which means you will need to take more action than in a normal SnG. Furthermore, since you are only against one opponent, the probability that the he has a good hand is very low, which is not true of a full table. Consequently, in a one on one game, you have to play much more aggressively than against multiple opponents. If you like the aggressive, a loose game - maybe you should try playing HU SnG.