Sit and Go Texas Hold’em – The Final Phase

Sit and Go Texas Hold’em has basically the same rules as any normal game, but with several differences in regard of betting and amounts. First of all, a Sit and Go game has a pre-defined number of players – anywhere between 2 and 50, influencing the duration of a game. Sit and Go games start as the full number of players have gathered around the table, and ends when there is only one player left, with all the chips in his pocket.

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Sit and Go games usually have three phases, depending on the size of the blind bets and the stacks of chips the players have. In the first phase the stacks are big and the blind bets are smaller – these grow as the game progresses. In the second phase the blind bets are considerable, and several players might be eliminated already. In the third phase – the remaining players have stacks amounting to 13 or less times the big blind bet. This phase is also called “push or fold”.

In this phase you have two options: all-in or fold. This might seem like an easy decision to take, but it’s not – it depends on the size of your stack or your betting position. In a later betting positon players usually go all-in more times, or if someone has bet or raised before them they go all-in rarely. Also, players with smaller stacks might want to go all-in at more times.

Every phase of a Sit and Go Texas Hold’em tournament requires a different strategy. In ring games or cash games the main incentive can be to make the biggest profit possible, but when it comes to tournaments, the goal changes – you play for a position, not for money. Tournaments don’t allow players to buy more chips or cash out when they feel like it – this is a fight for positions, not chips. Winning a tournament doesn’t necessarily mean that you have won the most cash, but rather a title.

In the next part of the article we will present some tips and strategies for playing after the flop.

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Sit and Go Texas Hold’em – the Second Phase

Sit and Go Texas Hold’em games are quite different from normal cicuit games when it comes to betting strategy. In the first phase of the game the stacks are relatively high, and blind bets are relatively low. In the second phase of the game, though, the blind bets can get quite high, and there are two speficit strategies that can be used for winning: stealing blind bets and re-raises.

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In the second phase of a Sit and Go games betting straregy differs from the first phase. At this stage the bets are quite high, and the game becomes more aggressive. Usually it is wise not to act on hands with lower value, but act more aggressively with hands like pairs of aces or high cards.

Also, there are two techniques that can be used to make smaller, but considerable wins: stealing blind bets and re-raises.

Stealing blind bets
The technique called blind steal is the tactic to determine other players to fold, thus winning the small and big blind bet. In the second phase of the game these bets can be of considerable amounts, given that in Sit and Go games the blind bets rise after each round.

Blind steal can be used if some or all players before you have folded, or you are in the small blind bet position, the first one after the dealer. Stealing the blind bets consists of raising – basically, determining all other players to fold, thus winning the small and big blind bets.

If you consider blind stealing, do it only if you have a hand with considerable value, as players betting after you might also consider to keep playing.

Stealing re-raise
If a player in a middle betting position (not among the first, and also not among the last players to bet) raises, doesn’t necessarily mean that he has valuable cards. Such an action opens the way for another tactic for winning the pot – stealing the re-raise.

Basically, if only a single person has raised and no other player has called, you go all-in to determine that player to fold, thus winning the pot. For attempting this, there are three basic conditions: only one player has raised, no other player has placed bets and you have to be willing to go all-in, risking all your chips. If someone has called the previous player’s raise or if another player has placed a bet (except for blind bets) before the raise, stealing the re-raise is not an option.

For stealing a re-raise you should have a strong hand, at least an ace coupled with a high card or a high pair – the latter your betting position, the lower the hand you can risk attempting to steal the re-raise.

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A game of Sit and Go Texas Hold’em – The First Phase

Sit and Go Texas Hold’em has basically the same rules as any normal game, but with several differences in regard of betting and amounts. First of all, a Sit and Go game has a pre-defined number of players – anywhere between 2 and 50, influencing the duration of a game. Sit and Go games start as the full number of players have gathered around the table, and ends when there is only one player left, with all the chips in his pocket.

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Another big difference between a normal ring game and a Sit and Go game is that the blind bets grow with the progress of the game, giving birth to specific strategies that can be used in these games for winning.

Sit and Go poker games have three main objectives: to stay in the game the most, to eliminate as many players as you can and, of course, to gather the most chips around the table.

Betting positions and other players’ bets are important, as blind bets are increasing during the game. Your betting behavior should be different depending the phase of the game, your position and the number of players who have bet before you.
At the beginning of the game – the first phase – your stacks are relatively high, and the blind bets are relatively low. When your stack is smaller than 24 times the big blind, the second phase of the game begins.

Before the flop
In the first phase of the game it’s wise to act only on strong hands, especially if other players have bet before you. With a pair of aces or kings you can raise even if no player or just one of them have raised before you – and if more than one have done so, you can go for an All-in. With lesser hands you can raise if nobody has raised before you, call if a player has raised, but if more than one has raised, you should fold. Lesser hands or high cards (no pairs) are usually the sign to cautiously call the previous bet or, in most cases, fold.

How much to raise
Some strategy guides recommend raising four times the amount of the big blind bet if nobody has bet before you. For every player calling the big blind you should add another big blind to your raise. If someone has raised before you, you should raise three times the amount of the raise – only the last one, even if more than one player has raised before you. For every player calling the raise before you add the equal amount to your bet. If you have to bet at least half of your chips to do so, you can also go all-in.

In the next part we will see about betting the second phase of the game.

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Sit and Go Texas Hold’em – After the Flop

Many games of Sit and Go Texas Hold’em are won or lost even before the flop hits the table, players going all-in according to their strategy. But many times the game doesn’t stop at the first round of betting, continuing after the first community cards are on the table. Let’s see some dos and don’ts for this part of the game.

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If you raised before the flop was dealt, it means you have some cards of value in your hands. In this case you are considered an aggressive player – meaning that, by raising the stakes, you force your adversaries to make decisions under pressure.

It usually pays to play aggressively only if you have high pairs, two pairs or three of a kind. Draw hands – the hands that need another card from the flop, turn or river to make a strong hands – are a no-go: you should avoid betting aggressively on these.

If you raised before the flop was dealt, you might consider bluffing – even if you don’t have a top pair or higher hand, especially if you have a single adversary and he has checked. If he doesn’t give up, continue playing passively and abandon bluffing.

Bluffing is not suck a lucky decision when playing against more players – chances of winning decrease as the number of players you play against increases.

If you didn’t raise before the flop was dealt, your opponents might think you don’t have a strong hand. For an aggressive game you will need at least two pairs in such situations. If your hand consists of anything lower, you should fold, especially when playing against more than one opponents.

Draw hands are also a no-go, and you should also avoid bluffing.

Playing after the flop is not as complex as before the flop – and in later stages of a Sit and Go game, the ‘after the flop’ phase is practically non-existent. There might be situations in which you might feel tempted to bluff or raise. Remember though: Sit and Go games are not for those who can’t resist temptation. These games are usually not played for profit, but fur fame and titles, so adjust your strategies accordingly. Good luck.

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