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  1. <SPAN>Hi I have not really posted here much but I would like to post some techniques I have been thinking about recently. I have been playing SNG’s as my part time job while I go to school. I have only been doing this for a few months so we will see how it goes. Anyway here are a couple concepts that I have come up with that pop up a lot while playing 1 table tournaments. Also I didn’t really edit this so if its messed up sorry. Hope you guys like this.<SPAN> </SPAN></SPAN>

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    <SPAN>1. Restealing. Late in a SitnGo most players accumulate chips by stealing the blinds. This is a fine strategy since you must steal to maintain your current chip position. However my favorite play is to pick out a player that is stealing a lot but whom I believe can let go of a hand like KJ. I wait for this player to raise and then I push. The advantage to a resteal vs a regular steal is that it actually preserves your table image since you have to do it less often for the same effect. Dont do it to the same person twice though without a hand since they are almost always calling the second time. A simple example will show why it is such a powerful play. If you have a 10x bb stack and steal the blinds one time then you will have a 11.5x bb stack assuming there are no antes. The blinds will hit you and you will maintain your current stack size. This is fine since basically in poker tournaments with shallow stacks you are just waiting around to pick up a big hand you can double up with. Now lets look at the resteal. A player makes 3x the bb from the CO and you push from the button with your 10x bb stack and everyone folds. Now you have a 14.5 bb stack and you have not maintained but actually accumulated. Now lets say you have AA the next hand a get it all in. Those extra chips you just picked have additional hidden value since the chips you just stole turn into 9 big blinds vs 3 if you had only taken down the blinds. </SPAN>

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    <SPAN>2. Owning the bubble. Having a big stack on the bubble is a profitable situation since basically people just give you chips. Now when you have a big stack it is best if there is a small stack and two medium stacks. In fact this situation is so profitable that it is often correct to try to maintain the bubble for as long as possible. Lets say you are playing a sitngo and have 7000 chips at the 200-400 level there are two stacks with 3000 chips and one stack with 800 chips. The stack with 800 chips is to your immediate left so every time they are in the bb you are in the small blind. My default play here is to fold all the time so that the small stack is still in the game. Now after I fold I will open push from the button and utg the next two hands. By using this strategy I allow the small stack to stay small while I accumulate chips from the middle stacks. Playing like this only works against player that have shown a willingness to fold so it is your job to identify those players as you cant do this against people that will spite call you. </SPAN>

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    <SPAN>3. Stealing with Ax vs stealing with a random hand.<SPAN> </SPAN>Lets say you are in a sitngo and it folds around to you and you have 15x the bb in the co+1. You pick A8o and wonder if you should take a shot at the blinds. All the players behind you are tight so you decide it is good to take a shot at them. You decide that you will make a 3x raise but will have to fold if anyone pushes.<SPAN> </SPAN>So at this point does your hand even matter? Well I think it does as having Ax means its that much more unlikely that someone behind you has a another A. Also having raising with a certain % of hands in this spot acts as your randomizer. If you will raise here 1/3 of the time it folds around to you it will be tough for your opponents to figure out what you are doing. Raising any two would make it obvious that your opponents should play back at you. </SPAN>

    <SPAN>4. Hand ranges. <SPAN> </SPAN>Often times late in a single table tournament you have to make all-in steals with a wide range of hands. The one thing to remember is that if you will make this play with bad hands you must make it with good hands also. I see this rule broken all the time, people will push with J10 one hand but then make a small raise with Aces the next hand. The effect of this is large since if someone is paying attention they will realize that you are going all in with say 1010-22 AX and a lot of Kings but not with JJ-AA and will play accordingly. If you play your big hands the same way you play your weaker hands a couple thing will happen. The first of these is that your steals will get more respect and the second is that you will get action on your big hands since you will have a bad table image at this point. I cannot tell you how many times I have open pushed a big pair late in a sitngo only to get called by weak hands like QJs. </SPAN>

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    <SPAN>5. Final thoughts. SNGs are about stack sizes and table dynamics more then anything. If you can exploit favorable situations with these concepts you can become a big winner at them, you need to understand situations more then anything. There are points in a SNG where it would be correct to fold QQ to a single raise and there are points where you should be calling bets with any two cards. I am by no way a master and feel like im just starting to learn. I would love to discuss any and all topics related to SNGs with anyone who wants to talk about them. I also welcome people to criticize any thing that I wrote here.<SPAN> </SPAN></SPAN>
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  2. your point number 4 is very important, esp when short stacked and trying to make a move i see so many people after a couple of all ins then they make a 1/4 to 1/2 stack bet makes it very obv they have something they think is strong
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  3. Nice post
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  4. good post except i don't really think the restealing applies much on sites where the blinds are done by hands, like on party poker and bodog, because any raise is pretty much an all in, steal or not.
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  5. I guess I should have specified that I play on PS.
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  6. I dont think it has so much to so with the site as it does the stakes of the game
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  7. I disagree with this statement. I think it's got something to do with the stakes, but general strategy in sngs has more to do with the site, because the starting chip counts and blind structures vary so much from site to site. For instance, on UB or Stars, it is correct to see some flops early and try to outmaneuver your opponents some at times after the flop. If you try to do this same thing on Party, you will often lose a large % of your chips if you fail, and once you get short and near the bubble, you're totally dependent on winning showdowns.
     
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  8. That's a really good post. You've got some really advanced ideas about SNG play for someone who considers themself to be just starting to learn. One thing about your restealing discussion--it depends on the site, but on Stars, your resteal doesn't always have to be an all in. That depends on your stack size and your opponent's stack size. Sometimes, a smaller reraise is more effective, depending on what your goals are and how you think your opponent views your betting.

    It sounds like you've really got your head in the right place to do well in these things. Keep up the good work!
     
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  9. I agree with your statement that you dont always have to resteal allin. However I believe in the example I gave I stated that I was on a 10x bb stack which is why I said I had to push since any reraise less then that would commit me to the hand anyway.
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