Winning Sit and Go Strategy – DMs or Full Houses?

Winning Sit and Go Strategy - DMs or Full Houses

Omaha poker has become increasingly popular, not only because it is a fun game to play, but also because of the increasingly good implementation of poker software in online poker rooms. That fact has led to a question many players ask, particularly in regards to playing Anthem Hold ’em: Is there a Basic Strategy for Winning Sit and Go Tournaments?

The short answer is no, no, and yes.

Yes, you definitely can play Kartupoker very well when you know what you are doing. Indeed, playing basic poker can be very effective if you know what you are doing. However, the question is whether you should be using an optimal strategy when you are playing a tournament.

Now, the answer to that question is yes, you definitely should. But you need to know exactly how to implement said strategy, which is not always easy. For example, credits sportsbooks are far more likely to give you, the player, credits because they know the guy they are giving them did their homework. They know they researched the most, and it is likely they have a relatively even time table.

However, I stress this is simplistic. You can spend hours discussing time tables, pot odds, implied odds, flips, and all the other hundreds of factors that enter a sit and go tournament, but if you are just starting out, you are far better off learning a tight aggressive strategy that will allow you to take out first place money faster than waiting for AA and hoping. You can learn the odds, you can gain experience, and you can have fun. However, it won’t be while you are playing ABC poker, and you won’t have to wait for the next event to come along and start all over again.

Player Numbers

Another aspect that many online poker players forget about is player numbers. When you start playing online poker, you want to be playing against the right players most of the time, and if you can’t find them, you can’t win. As simple as that. Some people prefer to play for relatively small stakes, while others like playing for first place. Obviously you need to play against the number, too, but let’s focus on first place spots.

If you can’t find any players when you register, you deposit, wait for the tournament to complete, then go find some players. The easiest way is to use the tournament finder or tournament scheduling application. They will tell you which scheduled sit and go tourneys when you are ready to play which ones by your own schedule. Just reach out to those players, schedule your session, and you’re on your way.

The nice thing about sit and go tournaments, unlike cash games, is that the buy in is a one-time cost. Most of the sit and go tournaments have an extremely low buy-in fee, usually as low as $1. This means you can play a full sit and go without using much of your own money.

So let’s say you are playing in a $120 buy-in 3 person sit and go. Do you think you are risking too much? I would make the opposite argument for a $5 buy in SNG. You earned $5 when you won, but lost $1. That’s a profit of about 8%. Most of the sit and go tournaments offered are satellites leading to a $10,000,000 or more prize pool. In other words, if you just won a small tournament, you are already half way there toward that goal.

But wait, you say, I played just 5 minuets(120) and I only won $20. Do you think that was just a lucky night? what about the rest of the night? I have also played just 5 minuets, and still only lost $7.50. I’ve worked my way up to the final table, but it sure doesn’t feel like gambling to me. If a friend of mine earned a few hundred bucks, I know he hasn’t lost too much has he? This is all consistent with earning a consistent $12+ hour income playing poker, but it doesn’t feel like gambling to me.

This is all really gob smacking. If you’re like me, you spend a few minutes everyday surfing the web looking for new ways to improve your poker skills, then you tune into the ESPN poker and poker series sometime during the day and watch in boredom. Now you have caught onto the fact that you can make money playing poker, but you simply can’t find anyone to play with. With this in mind, think about what you can do to make some friends while still hanging out with your family. Bring food to the office, have overdue papers to do, make some cups or snacks, trade some stories, anything.