Sit & Go Tournament

Sit & Go poker gives you all the action of late stage or final table poker, without having to navigate through large fields. It’s the best way to practice final table and short-handed strategies.


Basic Sit & Go Strategy

Prior to playing Sit & Go’s, you need to develop a solid core strategy that you’ll build upon as you gain experience. This basic strategy will give you the tools to make you a winning player from the start.


Early Rounds

In the first two to four levels, the blinds will be low compared to your stack. This will allow you to pick your spots and get a feel for your opponents.

You’ll probably notice some players open-shoving or playing hyper-aggressively in the first couple of levels. Stay away from these situations unless you wake up with a premium holding.

When you pick up premium hands, such as pocket Aces or Kings, you want to play them fast and aggressively. Otherwise, you’ll risk pricing your opponents into the hand and letting them outdraw you.

The low blinds will allow you to speculate with a few hands in later position, but don’t go overboard. Suited connectors, suited Aces and hands like A,K or K,Q play well in late position, especially against a single opponent.

Early on, weaker players will commit with weaker holdings, so make sure you’re betting for value whenever possible.


Middle Rounds

As the blinds rise, your play will depend on your stack size. If you’re among the chip leaders, you can continue to look for solid hands, but make sure you’re picking up blinds from the weaker players.

Medium stacks should look for opportunities to pick up chips against shorter stacks. Short stacks will tighten up in hopes of picking up a big hand and making the money. Apply pressure to these stacks.

Medium stacks should also avoid big confrontations with the chip leaders unless they have premium holdings. Otherwise you risk becoming a short stack or busting.

Short stacks need to start looking for spots to shove. Most pairs, Ace or two face cards are solid hands to shove with. Don’t let yourself get so short that stacks automatically call you.


Late Stages

Once the money bubble bursts, you need to focus on winning the Sit & Go. Regardless of your stack size, you’re going to need to open up your hand ranges. You’ll be in the blind two out of every three hands, so waiting around for reasonable hands is going to drain your stack.

If you’re a short stack, you’re freerolling, so find the first reasonable hand to shove with and hope to double-up.

Middle stacks should be looking to squeeze the shorter stacks while trying to chip away at the chip leader. Avoid massive confrontations without reasonable hands, as they’re in a position to bust you.

Chip leaders need to continue applying pressure to both opponents. You’re going to want to raise more often to force them to play back at you. This doesn’t mean raise with every hand, but you should be raising every hand you play.

Once you’re heads-up, you need to start applying the aggression. Hand values increase dramatically and hands that were speculative, such as K,10, now become very playable. You’re going to want to be very aggressive with any pocket pair, any Ace and two face cards.

Be as aggressive as possible heads-up in order to keep your opponents guessing. This may even frustrate them to the point that they start calling you down with weaker holdings.

One additional tip is to pay attention to your own style of play and consider mixing it up when you’re three-handed or heads-up. By this point, your opponents are going to put you on a style and will anticipate your moves.

For example, if you’re only continuation betting the flop with solid hands, start doing so whether you hit the flop or not. Unless they pick up a monster, they’re likely to get out of your way.


Additional Tips to Strengthen Your Game

The strategies above will serve as your foundation, which you’re going to want to build upon. The following are a few tips that will help strengthen your overall Sit & Go strategy.


Play Big Pairs Aggressively in All Stages

Beginners often try to get creative with big pairs in Sit & Go’s and wind up letting opponents outdraw them. When you get a big pair, bet it very aggressively. Don’t limp or min-raise, but rather put in a substantial raise with your Queens, Kings and Aces.

Especially in early levels, some opponents will play back at you with substantially weaker hands. This puts you in a fantastic spot to stack them and become one of the chip leaders.

Sure, you’ll get outdrawn or run into a cooler hand such as Kings vs. Aces from time to time, but over the long term, this is a winning play.


Slow Play Less Often

Another mistake beginners make is slow playing their big hands. They overthink the situation and end up losing value.

In early levels, weaker players will play hyper-aggressively regardless of your actions. Many players will call you down with weak hands like top pair with a weak kicker. Save your slow plays for trickier opponents and bet for max value whenever possible.


Don’t Panic With Short Stacks

Some poker players will apply standard tournament strategy to Sit & Go’s, meaning that they will start shoving whenever they’re below 20 big blinds. There’s no reason to do this in a Sit & Go. Chips are important and you want to find situations where you can double.

In many games, most of the table will be below the 20 big blind mark and your short stack is going to represent a significant portion of their chips, so be patient and wait for a reasonable hand.


Pressure the Short Stacks Into Mistakes

When you’ve built a large stack, start attacking the short stacks. Raise their blinds more often and put them all-in more often than normal. This will frustrate them and force them into calling with bad hands.


Increase Your Aggression Short Handed and Heads-Up

Once you get to four-handed and shorter, you need to open up your range and start raising much more frequently in position. Hand values go up, meaning all pairs and anything from A-8 suited and up is a raising hand.

Force your opponents into a mistake and take control of the table whenever you can. This will allow you to grow a stack and get to heads-up play with enough chips to take it down.

Heads-up, you want to raise every button and three bet solid hands when you’re out of position. Frustrate them and make them commit with garbage.


Test Out Your New Skills at Ignition Poker

Now that you have some strategies to win at Sit & Go tournaments, it’s time to get into the game. Ignition Poker offers an excellent spread of Sit & Go’s with buy-ins from $1.10 to $215.

Here are a few of the different styles you can play at Ignition:

  • Deep Stack – Start with double the starting chips.
  • Satellites – These award entries into larger events at Ignition Poker.
  • Turbo – Faster blind levels.
  • Double Up – Outlast half your opponents and get double your buy-in.
  • Triple Up – The top third of the field gets triple their buy-in.
  • Hyper Turbo – Super fast blind levels with tons of action.

Sit & Go tournaments are offered in Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo. Ignition also offers short handed and heads-up Sit & Go’s. Want to test your skills against a larger field? Try their 27 player Sit & Go tournaments.


Sit & Go’s are available 24/7. Just log in to the poker client and click on the Sit & Go tournaments tab.