Sit and Go Turbo Strategy

The most important factor in turbo sit’n’go tournaments is the blind structure. This, along with opponent hand ranges allow for a moneymaking independent chip model strategy based largely on mathematics. There is less profiling involved in these tourneys because as the blinds accelerate there is less flexibility for manoeuvring in terms of post-flop tactics.

Which is why turbo speed games is more of a numbers game than it is profiling.

As a result, about mid-way through a sng turbo tournament, most pots are either very small or very big as players will tend to fold or shove and call all-in given the mathematical strength of their hole cards. In a regular single table tournament you are generally looking for two strong cards to play, where in a turbo situation you frequently have to make your stand based on 1 good card which you may are holding. Any ace or any king is a standard strategy for short or big stacks.

The optimal sng turbo players are certainly online, because it allows them to multi-table and make rapid mathematical decisions time and again. The stronger they get at those ICM mathematical based conclusions, the more profitable they are. Now because the game is reduced to selective shoving all-in once the high blinds begin, a high degree of luck is to be expected. That means you will go through a lot of bad beats, but put bad beats on opponents as well.

As part of the short time structure for these games, holding up long enough means the bubble will come on rather quickly, and your strategy must turn ultra aggressive. Most single table sit and go tournaments pay 3 positions, and if there are mid-size stacks at your table, they will likely be trying to cash in the tournament by tightening their game. These players make perfect prospects for blind stealing, in particular if they were tight players to begin with. Either way you need to know your opponents stack sizes, particularly the ones who are going to act behind you. Failure to do so can result in creating a poor math scenario, from which would be a bigger mistake to fold.

You can’t always rely on getting good cards, but you can look for good situations.

You may get absolutely frustrated with the later levels in a turbo sit and go tournament because just like any other online poker game, you will find yourself card dead very often. What you don’t want to do it is let your chips whither to the point where your opponents would have no folding equity against your all in push. If you are pushing with a hand like queen-three offsuit, well needless to say you want your opponent to fold, so the idea is to have a stack large enough to really hurt anybody who is consider calling. Most of the time your mid-stack opposition will be playing too tight, and you should be taking advantage of the strong probability he is going to fold.

Don’t forget however, this also works in the opposite way in that you won’t be able to push around any small stacks at the table because they will be letting it ride with virtually anything, especially if their M is red.



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