SNG Strategy: An Introduction

The following series of articles deals with single table Sit and Go's (abbreviated as SNGs). The special thing about this type of tournament is that SNGs don't have a fixed starting time. They start as soon as the required number of players has taken place at the table. Then one player after another gets eliminated as soon as he has lost all of his chips. The last player at the table is the winner of the tournament. No one can say for sure whether the "Go" stands for the fact that the tournament starts as soon as the required number of players have taken their seats or that you have to go once you have run out of chips. There is support for each viewpoint.

A SNG as discussed in this series of articles is played with six, nine or ten players and has a fixed buy-in. There are no re-buys available. At PokerStars, the maximum number of players is 9, in contrast to live SNGs which often start with 10 players.

In a typical SNG with nine players distribution of prize money looks as follows:

  • 1st place: 50% of the prize pool
  • 2nd place: 30% of the prize pool
  • 3rd place: 20% of the prize pool

As places 4 to 9 go away empty-handed, the basic strategy is:

  • to play tight and cautiously at the beginning and avoid unnecessary risks.
  • when the...