A lot of people like playing sit and go’s because they only involve one table and are quick. But once you’ve got some more time on your hands, playing a sit and go tournament provides a great break from the norm. If you’re interested in trying a sit and go tournament, or just want to improve in them, these tips will help.
Avoid Maniacs in the Early Stages
Like any multi-table tournament, multi-table sit and go tourneys contain their fair share of players who think the tournament is going to be won within the opening hands. These are the players that will frequently be shoving in a desperate attempt to double their stack during the early going.
And these are exactly the type of players you need to avoid because they will get lucky sometimes through the help of the board. Since you don’t want your tournament to end within the opening minutes, it’s important to play conservatively. Of course, you can actually take advantage of a maniac if they play overly aggressive when you hold the nuts.
Playing the Middle Stages
If you’re able to make it past the early stages, you will start to feel some pressure from the blinds since they’ll come around more often. And the worst possible thing you can do is get blinded out of the tournament. So you’re going to need to steal blinds and small pots to stay in the action. If you can catch players out of position when they limp in, hit them with a big raise and force them to fold.
Late Stages/Final Table Strategy
Since the table will be larger, you won’t be facing any immediate pressure from the blinds (unless your stack is extremely short). With this being the case, you have more room to sit back and wait for the right moments to increase your chip stack. Of course, as players start to drop off, the blinds will become a factor once again. That is why you need to take advantage of opportunities where you can increase your stack before play becomes short-handed. The bigger your stack is towards the end, the more control you will have over the table.