Many poker players go broke chasing massive guaranteed prize pools, placed in online multi table tournaments. The problem is there are normally another 5000+ people trying to do the same thing and the only way you can win is by getting lucky. True! You may play well but ultimately in tournaments with thousands of players you will need lady luck on your shoulder, especially when you are up against a wide range of terrible internet players.
So, where can you win more using this system?.... Sit n go's! Honestly you can literally sit in the comfort of your own home, play 10 sit n go tournaments a day and to make comfortable living. For the purpose of this article we are going to have a bankroll of $220 and we will be playing 9 player sit n go's with $20+$2 buy-in.
On a normal speed table with 9 players the payouts are as follows: 1st place = $90, 2nd = $54 and 3rd = $36. For the sake of easy mathematics, lets say you win 5/10 games. 5 games will give you a daily average winnings of $450 minus $220 buy-in fees equals a very healthy profit of $230 per day. Interested? Read on to find out how.
Firstly do not get caught up with the fish calling with any two cards, you'll need to reign in your game and play a lot tighter than you probably do now. Sit n go poker players (especially online) are loose and are easy to beat, all you need to do is follow this guide to the point and you will win a lot more often.
Step 1) With 7 - 10 players on a table you only want to be playing premium hands like AA, KK, QQ. Play these hands aggressively or you will get callers limping in with two raggy cards, that can ultimately crack your monster hand. Other than these obvious monsters you can still play AK, wired pairs and suited connectors but only spare a small percentage of your chips with hands in order to hit the flop, if you miss fold em.
Step 2) Now were down to 5 - 7 players, you should tighten up a little bit more and allow the fish to knock each other out whilst building a chip stack steadily. Continue to play aggressively, don't limp or call. When you have a premium starting hand or high pocket pair get the suited connectors out the hand and dominate the play. Remember not to get to attached to you 99 and 10,10 when a face card hit's the flop.
Step 3) Only 5 - 4 players left and everybody starts getting tight in order to place in the money. This is where you can use your position and aggression to steal pots from those players worrying about going out on the bubble. Don't waste your chips but don't let short stacks see free cards.
Step 4) 3 players left and you are in the money. Don't get relaxed just yet, 3rd prize is often a third of what you'll get for winning. Continue to be aggressive and steal pots where possible. Use your position to steal the blinds from opponents, at these stage in the game they soon build up. Push allin with premium hands, because of your aggressive play, players with KJ, JQ and KT will start to call you.
Step 5) Heads up play starts. If you're the chip leader put pressure on your opponent by raising his blind and pushing him all in. On the other hand if you are the short stack then double up as quick as possible, push allin with any pocket pair, face cards and A? suited.
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By Daniel Pearson