Hello, I am a big fan of No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker and I managed to make some nice profit with it. On this article I want to share with you my most solid strategy
to play and hopefully win a Sit&Go game for 10 players.
1. The Early Stage
The blinds are still low and there is no need to try to steal the blinds with a big risky bet on pre-flop. At this stage I suggest you play tight and build up a reputation of a tight player. This reputation is important for the next stages of the game. When you work on your tight reputation now, it will be easier to steal blinds later when they are worth it.
As a tight player you hope to get alot of monsterhands like: AA, KK, QQ, AK, AQ, AJ.
When you get these kind of hands it is obvious you are not going to throw them away. I suggest you raise the hand to three or four times the big blind. No matter what your position is.
When the flop comes and let us say you have hitted top pair. You do have a very strong hand so you are in a good position to make a bet. When there is any kind of draw on the flop, don't hesitate to make a good strong bet to kick the player with the draw out of the hand, remember we are working on a tight reputation. When the flop doesn't show any draws you might consider slowplaying. Personally I would just make a nice bet so people know i have the best hand and fold.
Now what if you flop nothing, so you don't have any pair. What I would do is just bet one-thirth to half the pot. Because you didn't played alot of hands before the other players who are still in the game know you must have a good hand and they will probably fold if the don't have anything. If there is a draw on the flop, then it is possible that players call you just to hope for the straight or flush. The nice thing about this is, that you have made a good strong bet. So the pot odds aren't good enough to make the call. I'm not gonna explain how all the pot odds work but basicly it means that you have to pay to much money to see the next card and hope that it will make your straight or flush.
When you have followed this in the early stage you have build up a good reputation for yourself and you are ready to mix up your play.
2. Middle Stage
Once the low blinds are gone, the fun begins: we get aggressive. You will be playing you monsterhands the same way as in the early stage, but now there are more hands you can play.
I love suited connecters and are ideal to call a small raise preflop. They give you a chance for a flush- and straightdraw. With these hands I have often taken down players who have hitted top pair on the flop and then want to slowplay against a tight player.
Hands like Ax, KJ, KQ, pocket pairs are now perfect to steal away the blinds. Because of your tight image the opponents are going to fold much easier when you make a raise on pre-flop. These little pots will keep your growing cause you won't always get monstercards like AA. The best position to steal the blinds is on or near the button. Especially when everybody folded except the blind players, you can even raise with K9 or something like that. The most important thing is that you exploid your tight image and get agressive by stealing blinds, making strong bets...
Don't get to agressive just by playing or raising every hand, cause then soon you will become the fish, and we all know what happens next...
3. Final Stage
By now the blinds are pretty high and there aren't alot of players left. As a good poker player you should have payed attention to the table and by now know what kind of players you are up against. Ofcource some experience helps.
First off, you will 90% of all hands you play by raising and keep playing aggressive on the flop. Most of the hands you play will be against one player only. And a fun fact to know is that you and your opponent are gonna miss the flop over 60%. Now it's time to play some poker.
Just by having the two players in the game the pot will be worth fighting for. When you play against a player that wants to steal the pot with a plain bet don't be afraid to raise it with only middle pair. Afcourse we count on some experience reading the oppontent.
If you follow this guide correctly, I assure you that you will end up with some prizemoney more often. Don't make crazy calls, just stay calm and play out your game.
I hope you learned something and enjoyed my little guide how to play a Sit&Go.
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