re: Poker & sit and go poker strategy...
Wow, my biggest concern is that I don't get knocked out in 6th place, lol.
Strongest advice in sit-n-go's? That's a hard one, first I would say don't enter a SNG unless you can afford at least 3 of them, so if you have say $10 bankroll then you should start at a $1 or $2 SNG, don't let yourself go on tilt, ever, biggest mistakes are made when you go on tilt, I can wear a big loss and not let it effect me too much, and on the odd occasion i'm knocked out without a place i forget about it, take a break, have a look at some other SNG's then i'm back in. Don't dwell on any bad beats, shrug them off and get on with the game, i've been down to as low as 70 chips and came back to win a SNG, if i'd have thought about the big loss i'd have probably thrown my 70 chips on the next hand no matter what, but I waited for a pocket pair and doubled up and so on.
If your starting to play SNG's and losing there is something wrong, big time, best way to start out as there are only 6 players is to fold, a lot, try and see the flop only when you have 2 cards with are worth seeing the flop for, you don't want to go past the flop unless you've improved your hand, don't be calling big raises to try and catch a flush or a straight on the turn or river, most times you won't make it.
Usually at least once or twice in a game you can flop a really good hand, these are where you can make a lot of chips if your careful, let's just say you've flopped a full-house, don't go all-in as everyone will fold and you'll steal at best the blinds. Put in a low bet or even check in the hope that one or two will pick up a pair or even two pair, more often than not if I know I have the best hand on the table (the nuts) i'll call or check all the way to the river, then, all-in. You make a lot more chips that way.
Sometimes i've had to wait 20 or even 30 hands before hitting a winning hand, SNG's need a little patience and usually while your waiting for that good hand 2 or 3 will get knocked out.
This is not a sure fire strategy and there are lots more things to say about SNG's, too much to put in one post.
I just finished a $30 SNG before coming here this morning and it was down to just two of us, I was dealt pocket kings (KK) the other guy went all-in so I called, he had pocket eights (88) flop saw K45 i'm looking good, turn 6, still think i'm ok, river 7, unreal, gave him the straight against my 3 of a kind. That's poker, I got $45 he got $75, I don't get upset because I lost $30, I look on the positive side that I made $15 profit (less the fee)
Another thing is these SNG's only last around 45 minutes so you can make money much quicker than a multi-table.
Hope some of this helps, i've just tried to mention what I think is the most important things to someone starting SNG's, like I said there is much more to tell and each poker room is different, I love Noble but you have to wait too long sometimes for the table to fill up even with SNG's so I play both Noble and pacific, the SNG's at pacific are great, you can enter ones with only 5 people and they pay 3 spots, a great place for someone who's starting SNG's you only have to knock 2 people out to come in the money.
Well good luck at the tables
Tony ( The Webmaster )
P.S. Be sure to read as many strategies as you can on multi-table and sit-n-go tournaments, they really do help someone who is starting out.