Sit ‘n’ Go Strategy Considerations

Posted by Klara Kent, March 4, 2013


sit 'n' go strategy

What types of sit ‘n’ go tournaments are available in the Titan Poker software? A look at the listings of 10-player single-table tournaments with a buy-in of $5+$0.50 shows us the following selection:

Tallinn: Standard format, with 1,500 starting chips and 9-minute level duration.

Crimson: Turbo sit ‘n’ go tournament, 1,500 starting chips, 4-minute levels.

Robin: Super Turbo, 1,500 starting chips, 1-minute levels.

Badger: Short-stack format with 100 starting starting chips and 7-minute levels.

Maui “Jackpot Sit N Go”: $5+$1 buy-in, 1,000 starting chips and 7-minute levels.

“Turbo” Double-Up: 1,500 starting chips, 4-minute levels.

Sit ‘n’ go strategy depends, in part, on the starting chip stack and the level durations. The more chips a player has at the beginning, and the slower the blinds increase, the more important a role that poker talent and a strategic understanding of the game play in the action. Conversely, formats with fast level increases and fewer starting chips emphasize the gambling nature of the game. The full ring format with 10 players appeals to many players, with its possibility for greater profit. A good player does not object to having more fish at the table, quite the contrary!


Sit ‘n’ go tournaments are usually quite exciting in their middle and late phases, but can be a bit boring at the beginning. Playing online poker, a player can avoid this boredom by playing several SNGs simultaneously. And you don’t have to be a multi-table grinder to accomplish this. Playing two or three single-table tournaments at the same time should keep you awake and alert. The action won’t be too fast, and you’ll be able take notes on your opponents.

High volume multi-tabling, when you play more than four tables at the same time, is only recommended once you have internalized a solid strategy in No Limit Hold’em play and you have mastered the art of bluffing as well. You also have to be able to carefully observe the gameplay. Adapting quickly to more complex game situations is not always possible when multi-tabling to this degree.

When multi-tabling, the quality of your game will be somewhat lower than usual, and the more tables you have open, the less you can guarantee quality play. Incentives such as Titan Poker’s sit ‘n’ go leaderboard races can make grinding at multiple SNGs all the more worthwhile.

Further considerations

When playing a single-table sit ‘n’ go tournament, waiting for optimal starting hands could end up being a mistake. Beginners tend to play too tight in these tournaments. When the blinds start going up and the antes start gnawing away at your stack, you have to consider some moves, especially when you get near the bubble.

At the final stages of a sit ‘n’ go tournament it pays to have previously observed your opponents. If you have listed notes on them you will have insights as to whether they will always play on the flop or turn, or if they raise in certain situations. Titan Poker’s note feature allows you to keep track of the other players at a single-table tournament, but if you’re multi-tabling, this task will be a bit harder. Sometimes it’s just necessary to use the note feature’s color markings. You might, for example, to color code players according to the following key:

Red = dangerous player, don’t fool around with this one.

Orange = often quite aggressive.

Yellow = aggressive, but only pre-flop.

Gray = super tight.

Green = calling station, all the way to the river.

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