Sit & Go Strategy: Changing Gears – Be the Bully

January 21, 2015 by  
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While even one-table Sit & Go tournaments have a multi-table flavour, a key difference is that we’re effectively being fast-forwarded straight into final table mode as soon as we sit down. Thanks to the more rapidly increasing blind levels than we experience during the much, much longer course of a MTT, much of the strategy specific to S&G poker is related to both the blinds and the limited number of prizes. Read more

Get Your Hands on Added Sit & Go Booty

November 4, 2014 by  
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Not very much tends to happen in November, so we’re spicing it up at 32Red Poker by adding money to the prize funds of our bankroll-friendly Sit & Go tournaments. This format is popular among both beginners and more experienced players, being simultaneously exciting and instructive. Sit & Go poker is also good for when you don’t have a great deal of time but still want to play, allowing you to enjoy the poker tournament experience in a small field, even lending the proceedings a final table feel. Read more

Heads Up Sit & Go Strategy

December 2, 2011 by  
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While Sit & Go tournaments offer an exciting, one-table competitive experience that don’t take too much time (meaning we can play a number of them in one session), it’s possible to step up a gear or three for the even more thrilling ride of the heads up S&G.

These differ significantly from HU cash, remember, in that the blinds increase – and at quite a pace when we consider that hands just whiz by, and we’re involved in every single one of them. The trick, in an ideal world, is to bamboozle the opposition in every department. We need to be crafty, tricky, manipulative and pretty fearless (as opposed to reckless!).

With only the one opponent it follows that this format can be rather rewarding if we are fortunate enough to be up against opponents who don’t perform as well as we do and, with this in mind, the more we think about strategy and the more experience we rack up the more successful we’ll become. Variance can obviously be cruel in this particular game but that shouldn’t put anyone off making the effort if they feel more suited to this gladiatorial battle than its less cut-throat relations.

‘Mastering’ post-flop play is absolutely essential as we need to exploit players’ passivity and be prepared to bluff much more than is called for in other games. Indeed approaching a HU S&G with too conservative a strategy just won’t do. We will get our fingers burnt but, in the long-run, the key to being a winning player will be determined by our ability to play the critical hands well with a view to at least gaining a decisive lead.

Loose-aggressive is the way to go, in terms of both style and attitude, but we also need to be able to adapt quickly to what’s coming from the other side of the table while simultaneously trying deny the opposition useful reads on our own play.

Against tight players the way to gain the initiative is to raise pre-flop and post-flop (not being afraid to get busy out of position), double/triple-barrel and generally apply constant pressure – at least for as long as we can get away with it. It’s not unusual to get our own way and emerge with the much bigger stack, which in turn affords us the opportunity to widen our range and thus increase the likelihood of hitting a well disguised monster.

Conversely, against loose players it’s necessary to tighten up, letting go of unpromising hands and being aggressive with decent aces, pairs and suited connectors, mixing in opening aggression post-flop with check-raises.

Position is at least as important here as other formats as being in position affords us a continual advantage in 50% of all hands. Remember that continuation bets need succeed only a third of the time to break even. We should raise a lot pre-flop in position to deny the opposition value limps and build juicy pots that we are perfectly placed (in position!) to steal on the turn or river.

There is obviously a great deal more to heads up Sit & Go play but the points here form the foundations on which an effective strategy is based.

Good luck at the tables!

Angus Dunnington (AngusD at the 32Red tables)
32Red Poker Ambassador


Sit & Go Tournaments: Starting Out (Bankroll Management)

December 21, 2010 by  
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Sit & Go Tournaments: Starting Out (Bankroll Management)

I recently talked a little bit about bankroll management for cash games, suggesting that sitting down with no more than 5% (or a riskier 10%) of your total bankroll is a sensible approach.

For those of you who are more interested in the Sit & Go experience protection is equally important, with any flexibility being linked to your individual situation. Thanks to variance it isn’t possible to gauge your ability to win at a specific level until you have at least 1000 Sit & Go tournaments under your belt, but most poker enthusiasts spend only a certain amount of time playing and such a sample size isn’t possible.

Multi-tabling professionals, for whom strict bankroll management is an absolute imperative, might not feel comfortable unless they have, for example, 75 buy-ins at their ideal level, whereas recreational players still need to adhere to some kind of regime but for a hobby can be a little more relaxed. With this in mind I would suggest a minimum of 20 buy-ins for your level. This would allow you to join in 32Red’s busy $5+50c Sit & Go community with a reasonably manageable bankroll of $110, giving you an excellent learning opportunity as well as a chance to make decent money. If you find the going tough (or your bankroll does) be prudent enough to drop down a level, and if your bankroll goes the ‘right’ way it shouldn’t take long until your 20 buy-in rule allows you to move up to $10+1 (where you shouldn’t find the opposition overwhelming). Note that if you multi-table or play Turbos the increased variance justifies increasing the minimum buy-ins to 30, but I would concentrate on single table standard play initially (meaning weeks rather than days) in order to get to grips with the key aspects of Sit & Go strategy.

Incidentally, if you’ve never got around to Sit & Go poker it’s well worth a try – the small number of participants already gives you a decent shot at the prize money, it doesn’t take a long time to finish, you learn a great deal and it’s a lot of fun. With 32Red’s newly vamped Sit & Go tables up and ready there’s no better time to jump in!

Good Luck!

AngusD

FINAL CHALLENGE! Tonight at 8pm..

October 31, 2010 by  
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October's 10-Day Challenge at 32Red Poker

October's 10-Day Challenge at 32Red Poker

The last 12 finalists have now been registered to tonight’s Final Challenge at 8pm (UK time).

Our first 10-Day Challenge saw 10 players prove their worth on Scheduled Tournaments.  Another 10 players reached the final via our Sit & Go tournaments challenge, and yesterday saw the final 12 players join the final, making it 32 players in total.

The Final Challenge will be played on a Scheduled Tournament, so logic dictates that those that reached the final on our first 10-Day Challenge should in theory perform better – but will this be the case?  We shall have to wait and see.  Click here to the 32 finalists.

32Red Poker wishes all participants the very best of luck at the Final Challenge.

Three 10-Day Challenges were setup throughout the month of October, these challenges were:

* Click on each of the links above to reveal the challenges.

October’s 10-Day Challenge, at 32Red Poker

October 8, 2010 by  
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October's 10-Day Challenge at 32Red Poker

October's 10-Day Challenge at 32Red Poker

32Red Poker is on fire this October as it introduces yet another red hot promotion that guarantees to put your poker skills to the test!  Three 10-Day Challenges have been setup throughout the month of October, these challenges are:

* Click on the links above to reveal your challenges.