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Sit-N-Go’s – Why Play

A question that I am frequently asked is why do I like Sit-n-Go tournaments so much? There are many aspects of the Sit-n-Go that makes it appealing over just sitting down at a cash game table.

First, Sit-n-Go’s are easy to estimate the amount of time it will take to play one. Once you have played Sit-n-Go’s for a while, you will be able to make a pretty close ball park estimate of how much time it will take you to play certain tournament. Obviously, this factor is affected by the number of entrants in the tournament you have decided to play 711kelab.

For example, I like Full Tilt’s knockout 90 player tournaments. These generally take significantly longer to play than a PokerStars 9 player Sit-n-Go. It is easy to see, the more entrants you are playing against, the longer time allotment you need play. I know from having played many of them, that a 9-player Sit-n-Go that costs me $10+$1 to enter will take aprox. 1- 1& 1/2 hours. That 90-player Full Tilt Sit-n-Go will seldom end in less than 2 &1/2 hours.

Also, the dollar amount you spend to enter a Sit-n-Go will greatly affect the time it takes to play. A $3+.30 9-player tourney will take less time than the same 9-player tournament at the $20+$2 level. Why? Because you will find better players playing $22 tournaments that are not as likely to play recklessly and end up out of the tournament early by playing less than premium cards.

For these reasons, when I have an hour or two in which to play poker I choose my Sit-n-Go’s accordingly. A 9-player tournament is a great way to fill up an hour of poker playing when that is all the time I have available. Conversely, I am going to stay away from a larger tournament with 500 entrants if I do not have the time available to spend playing it in. There is nothing worse than being hip deep in a tournament and have your wife yelling at you because it is time to go to your son’s baseball game. That’s the thing about a tournament: once your entry fee is paid, you don’t get that money back unless you win some money in the tournament. For that reason, you need to make sure you have the proper block of time to spend playing. Otherwise you will start making poor poker decisions because you have to get out of the house in the next 15 minutes.

Of course, you can sit down at a cash game for as little time as you want. You can join a table and play 5 hands if you want to, but you are not going to be able to play well doing that if the cards don’t happen to roll your way. Cash games may require a lot of patience in order to wait for cards that you want to play. Plus, you are not forced to play any hands because the blinds always stay the same. Because of the blinds escalating in Sit-n-Go’s you can always pretty much tell how much time you will have to put in. This makes them a great option if you have a set amount of time in which to get your poker “fix”.

Heads Up No Limit Strategy

Do you need to improve you heads up No Limit strategy? Well, check out this article where I reveal 3 of the best tips you could ever use to have an unbeatable heads up game. Take a look now.

Having an effective heads up No Limit apatuwallet strategy is vital to ever be able to really make it in Hold Em. It’s usually that last piece of the puzzle that when players get it in order their whole game comes together and everything really starts taking off.

The great news is that developing your heads up No Limit strategy is the easiest thing to do because heads up play is the simplest type of play in Hold Em. That’s because there is only one opponent you have to worry about – easy.

Heads Up No Limit Strategy Tip #1

The first thing you need to realize is that position is still as important as ever, if not more so! Position is the number one thing you have going for you in heads up play You will be in superior position half the time, constantly swapping back from having the advantage and the disadvantage.

The way you win is to get slightly ahead when you are in position and just limit or reduce the amount you get behind when you are out of position. So in a constant struggle back and forth you are doing just that little bit better each time to seek out ahead, and ultimately win.

Heads Up No Limit Strategy Tip #2

Here’s some specific advice for exactly how to play (I thought I’d make it even easier for you.)

When you are on the button just raise or fold. Don’t ever call.

If you don’t know what to do just raise! See the next tip for more advice why.

Heads Up No Limit Strategy Tip #3

Aggression is the key to winning easily and consistently in heads up. Aces and high cards are worth their weight in gold. Pocket pairs are even better. That’s because in heads up it is for less likely that any player will even hit the flop.

This means that continuation bets are even more powerful than normal. Most of the game play in heads up is psychological. As long as you can beat you opponent in the mind you have the game won.

In summary, your heads up No Limit strategy needs to be based first and foremost on a very aggressive style of play. Utilizing good position and realizing the real strength of particular cards will then make it even easier to win

Poker Tournament Guide

Here is a hand that I played late in a tournament on Poker Stars the other night. It was a large entrant tournament, with I believe, around 100 entries. I had lasted to the top 20 and was in pretty good position to make the final table (top 9 players) with about $25,500 in chips. I was in 5th place and pretty comfortable position, only about $12,000 behind the leader.

There were only 6 players left at my table and under the gun (first position) I was dealt A-Q off suit. The blinds were $1200/$600 so I put on a raise of 3x the Big Blind or $3600. Most everyone at the table had been playing fairly conservatively this late in the tournament, just trying to wait out the last short stacks before the final table. I figured my raise would likely result in everyone folding and me picking up the blinds and antes.

I was surprised when everyone folded around to the Big Blind and he called my raise. Out of all the players at the table though, he was the one who played a little loose in my opinion. (He also had a stack slightly bigger than mine with about $28,000 in chips)

The Flop came Q-J-7 rainbow. I figure this is about the best case scenario for me, with top pair, top kicker. I promptly make a pot sized bet and to my utter shock, the Big Blind responds by raising all-in!

At this point I have no idea what he has. He could have K-K or A-A but then why didn’t he re-raise me pre-flop? The only other possibility is that he has pocket 7’s or J’s and hit a set, but I can’t imagine that he would not slow play that hand if he did. By the fact that he went all-in, I have to figure that he is trying to bluff me off the pot. I am guessing he has A-J or A-7 or something similar to that. Since it is late in the tournament and close to the bubble, he must figure that I will fold to an all-in. Many players would rather than risk a big stack at this stage.

After considering it nearly up to my time limit, I make the call. He flips over pocket K’s, nothing saves me on the Turn or River and I am out of the tournament in 17th place. Minutes before, I was practically assured of making the money. All I had to do was not lose an all-in with a big stack.

Did I play this hand correctly? I guess that is up for examination, hind-sight is always 20-20. Some players I know would never call an all-in at this stage of the tournament, thereby insuring that they stick around for the money. I have no problem with this style, except for the fact that it can hinder your chance to actually win the tournament. My style is more one of trying to keep myself in the position to actually win, not just stick around for the final table.

Is that just a way to justify a hand that I shouldn’t have made that call in? Maybe. But, if you are going to fold top pair, top kicker late in a tournament, you probably aren’t going to win many tournaments. You may stick around for some money finishes, but you have to play to win, in my opinion. It doesn’t make it very much fun when you have put in a couple of hours worth of time, to finish that close, but sometimes, you just get unlucky and come up against the wrong hand at the wrong time. There is not much you can do about that but enter the next tournament and play as well as you can all over again.