Tips for Playing Single Table Texas Holdem Tournaments
No doubt about it, Sit and Go Tournaments, also known as single table No Limit tournaments are one of the most popular types of Texas Holdem poker tournaments around. Whether you like to play in online poker rooms or go to a live poker room or casino, you will probably find a single table no limit Texas Holdem tournament going on. They are a lot of fun to play in, but if you’re sitting at the poker table to win, here are a few things to keep in mind.
In the early rounds of a single table tournament, the blinds are higher in relation to the players’ stacks of poker chips than they usually are in a typical ring game. You don’t need a poker calculator to tell you that changes the pot odds. So don’t be too anxious to see the flop. Draw hands are dicey in the early going.
On the other hand, when it gets late in the poker tournament and the blinds are really high, don’t let that freeze you up. If you wait for the perfect hand, the blinds will eat you up. Get aggressive. Those blinds are sky high, so you should be trying to steal them every chance you get.
Try to build a wall with your stack of poker chips to protect you from those players who want to run you out. You need to have a lot of poker chips. That sounds like the most obvious tip ever, doesn’t it? But if your stack has dwindled to only about twice the big blind, it’s going to be next to impossible to steal it. It should be about 3 to 4 times the size of the big blind. A low stack puts you at big risk. If your stack is getting close to below four times the big blind, take a shot at stealing the blind, even if your hand isn’t the best. It’s probably your last chance.
Regular single table tournaments give good players a better chance than tournaments where the blinds are being raised at a fast rate. There’s more play after the flop, which allows you a chance to play your cards.