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Sit & Go: Single Table 9-Person Sit & Go (SNG) Strategy

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Sit & Go: Single Table 9-Person Sit & Go (SNG) Strategy

Sit & Go: Single Table 9-Person Sit & Go (SNG) Strategy

Before I get into the SNG strategy, I’ll need to talk about tiers and levels. The tiers are based on the amount of chips you have and the levels will be based on how many players remain. It’s very important to be aware of your tier and the tiers of others throughout the SNG and at what level you are playing, as the strategies will change.

Each tier is based on 1000 chip levels so tier 0 will be from 0-999 chips. Tier 2 would be from 1000-1999, tier 3 would be from 2000-2999, tier 4 will be from 3000-3999… well you get the point!

This Sit & Go strategy will be broken into four levels. The first level will be when 7-9 players remain. The second level is when 5-6 players remain. The third and most important third level is when 4 players remain, or “the bubble”. And the last level will be when 1-3 players remain.

Level 1: The best position to start a SNG would be on the dealer button, of course, but you have no control over that so don’t worry about your starting position. With everyone starting out with 1500 chips (tier 1) and the blinds starting at 5/10, the key here is patience. The beginning is where a lot of donks will try and go for a quick double or triple up. If you get AA, KK, QQ in the first 2 or 3 hands, go all in because people will think that you’re a donk and will call with less than premium hands. Otherwise, just wait this initial phase out.

After the “donk start”, you will want to play more medium ranked hands because the blinds are cheap if you can limp in. Like I said, everyone is in tier 1 at this point and play 10 chips for effect your tier standing. What you don’t want to do here is try to steal blinds. It’s not worth over betting medium or low ranked hands to win 35 chips. Your overall goal is to reach tier 3 by the time you reach the second level.

Level 2: Usually at level 2, there will usually be 2 people at tier 3, 1 person at tier 2, 3 people at tier 1 or lower. Regardless of which tier you are at at this point. You’re still in good shape because you’re still in the game! At this level, you can start trying to steal blinds because the blinds are high enough to risk your chips over betting. At this point still, you don’t want to play medium or low hands unless you’re trying to steal blinds. You also try to steal each blind if you are on the dealer button, no one has called before you, and you are on a higher tier than the big blind. This is also the level when you start to fold the small blind with low ranked hands. Don’t try to get lucky here if you’re not in the top tier.

Level 3: I see people make mistakes here all of the time and the rules are quite simple. If you’re in the top tier (usually tier 4 or 5 at this point), you apply constant small pressure. The other players are waiting for a monster hand and you don’t have to be too aggressive to take down the blinds. What you want to do is make 2x bets against smaller tier players and avoid going against anyone that can make you the lowest tier with an all in loss. Lower tier player can get very aggressive here against other lower tier players. Don’t be afraid to push against them with a Ace high.

Level 4: If you’re the bottom or medium tier player, you only want to go against other medium and low tier players because they are in the same situation as you. Avoid the big stacks because they will call you and you don’t want to risk a suck out on the bubble. I see plenty of times when the low stack goes all in with the best hand, the chip leader calls with A 6 or something and wins! Don’t be that player, be the player that folded and watched it happen. The patience to let the chip leader do their job is the best advise I could ever give at this level. Again, if you’re at the highest tier at the table, continue to follow the rules of tier 3.

Level 5: Congrats, you’ve made ITM, now go for the win right? Wrong. The plan here is the get to the final two before you go for the win. The two top chip stack should avoid each other and double team the low stack. At this point, the low stack should never see a hand that wasn’t raised. Big and small blinds should be 2x raised on the low stack. At the low stack, it’s your job to get out of the bottom tier so that you and the chip leader can double-team the new low stack. If you’re lucky as the low stack, the other two will “try to win it all now” and you receive some extra cash for doing no work. Once you’re in the final two… All bets are off and it finally time to go for the win!

I look forward to someone trying this strategy and posting your comments, It definitely works for me…


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Sit & Go: Single Table 9-Person Sit & Go (SNG) Strategy :: Comments


Post on Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:36 pm by pazx7

great write up i love to read the strategy posts as it helps me in my game

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Post on Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:46 am by pazx7

from my first reading of this post i play 5 card draw and have lost a couple of sng as expected but i also tightened my belt and been busting some ass in my last 5 $1.20 6 man sng i placed 1 st in all 5 i posted mt august reasult in the WINS section for all to view ty admin for a great read and a step up in my game

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Post on Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:46 pm by wntrlnd

i really like this strategy

i'm going to keep it in mind next time i get in a 9 player sng


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Post on Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:25 am by GoneGreedy

I will try this strategy out today, hopefully I win something

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Post on Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:22 am by sokken101010

admin, again ,great strategy

when i got real money i will deffinitily ty it!

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Post on Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:53 am by seatbeltguy

i concur mr admin Very Happy

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