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Strategies for Texas Holdem Sit and Go Tournaments

Strategies for Texas Holdem Sit and Go Tournaments

One of the most popular types of Texas Holdem poker tournaments are single-table no-limit holdem tournaments, which are also known as sit and go tournaments or SNGs.   If you like to play online poker then you know the most popular internet poker room for SNGs is Party Poker.  With buy-ins ranging from $5 to $1,000, they have poker tournaments for every level of player.  If you like to visit live poker rooms and casinos, you’ll find SNGs there as well.

Most poker tournaments pay out prizes to the top three players (sometimes the top four).  We’ll talk poker strategy for that type of structure.  If you’re playing in a winner take all tournament, then it’s time to let the other players at the poker table that you’re going to go for the throat…or at least for their poker chips.

When the poker play starts in the early rounds of the tournament, you can gamble a bit more.  Stick around for the flop.  You can even limp in with poker cards that might have a shot, like a low pair.

When you get to the middle part of the poker tournament and the big blind is getting up there (around ten percent of the starting stack of poker chips), you want to start stealing the blinds.  If you open the pot and no one calls or raises, you should re-raise by about 3 to 4 times the amount of the blind.  You’re in a strong position, so push it. If you have a really strong hand like two Aces, then you might want to limp in.

The later it gets in the poker tournament, the more the action will take place before the flop.  So if your stack of poker chips is on the low side, you better steal some blinds.  If you get an Ace and a kicker, go all in.  You need to get chips to survive.  If you’re in the middle of the pack, slowly try to build up your stack.  Just don’t get caught in an aggressive confrontation that could knock you out.  And if you have a big stack of poker chips, use them and be aggressive.

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