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Poker Lesson #3 Online Sit & Go
Fri March 27, 2009, 7:20 pm

Online sit and goes have various formats, the most popular being 9 or 10 handed. The payouts for these one table sit and goes is 50% for 1st, 30% for 2nd and 20% for 3rd. The house of course charges a small fee to play.

The idea is to do everything you can to maximize your chance of winning, however there's and old adage that states, "You don't go broke taking a profit". So a lot of my strategies are designed with the idea of first getting into the money and then going for the win.

How do we accomplish this? If we are lucky enough to catch some premium pairs and big starting cards like AK, AQ, we play them aggressively no mater what our position. If we are not catching big starting hands then we take a more cautious approach (while the blinds are small) of trying to see cheap flops with marginal hands like small and medium pairs, connectors and suited connectors. We usually try to play these types of hands in unraised pots, or for a very nominal raise in multi way pots.

The satellites start with $1500 in chips and blinds at 10/20; by the 4th level the blinds are around 50/100. This means players must play more hands and can't wait for premium hands. You need to play more aggressively and try to pick up more blinds with weaker starting hands. This does not mean playing totally reckless.

  • So it's all about picking your spots at this point. Once the blinds are at the 50/100 level they are worth stealing and worth taking more risks to get.

However when the one table sit and go gets down to 4-5 players you will see players tighten up. This is an ideal time to start to attack the blinds, especially those of tight players (that is if you can be the first player in the pot).

Once we have made it into the money, there is not enough of a difference between 2nd and 3rd place, so we want to play to win. We have to go on the attack and try and get heads up with a decent stack.

Once we are heads up you will be doing very little limping and a lot of raising. How aggressive you are depends on how loose or tight your opponent is. By now you should have a pretty good idea of how your opponent plays.  Many times if you play the hand at all you will be moving in with it. Hands that I would move in with are 77, KJ, A10 obviously AK and any strong hands.

With any luck you'll take home 1st place money

Good luck on the virtual felt!
Tom

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