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For better or worse, lottery-style sit-n-gos have become an integral part of today’s online poker landscape. The tournaments, which can randomly pump up prize pools above and beyond what they would normally be, were popularized by PokerStars, after the site introduced its Spin & Go games in 2014. Since then, nearly every major poker site has developed its own lottery SNG offering, each of which features its own unique variations. A new contender has entered the mix and will make it's debut at the Punta Cana Poker Classic later this month. Sit-n-Go 2.0 was developed to be played either live or online. How it worksThe rules of Sit & Go 2.0 are no different than those of a standard nine-handed No Limit Hold‘em sit-n-go. The difference comes before players’ hands are even dealt, and only affects the prize pool amount and number of places paid. Before the tournament begins, each player receives one card face down. The player to the immediate left of the button then turns over his or her card, revealing it to be either red or black. A red card puts a stop to the pregame action and means that the prize pool will remain the same as it was outlined during registration. In that case, the total prize pool will be equal to 7X the buy-in, with only the top two players getting paid. When a red card is revealed, the cards are shuffled and a standard sit-n-go is played out. If the first player turns over a black card, however, the prize pool is increased to a factor of 9X the buy-in, and will guarantee payment to the top three finishers. The action then falls on the next player to the left, and continues until a red card is revealed. Each time a black card is turned over, the prize pool increases, creating a potential pool of up to 51.3X the buy-in, with six places being paid. The likelihood of all nine players receiving black cards is very low, of course, and happens around once every 1,180 trials. Roughly 75% of the time, the pregame action will end immediately with a red card or with just one player producing a black card. In the table below, you can see the payout structures and probabilities for a Sit-n-Go 2.0 game with $10 buy-in. # Black CardProbability# out of 1,180MultiplierPrizepool 9 Black Cards0.08492759%1.0051.3$510.00 8 Black Cards0.12267318%1.4540$400.00 7 Black Cards0.28408527%3.3530$300.00 6 Black Cards0.63919185%7.5420$200.00 5 Black Cards1.40013452%16.5217$170.00 4 Black Cards2.99119648%35.3015$150.00 3 Black Cards6.24249700%73.6613$130.00 2 Black Cards12.74509804%150.3911$110.00 1 Black Card25.49019608%300.789$90.00 No Black Cards50.00000000%590.007$70.00 Punta Cana Poker Classic debutThe game is set to make a big splash at the upcoming Punta Cana Poker Classic, which runs October 25-30 in the Dominican Republic, when it makes its debut. To help promote the game, Collin Moshman, who holds a theoretical mathematics honors degree from the California Institute of Technology, along with his wife Katie Dozier, a poker coach at DragtheBar.com, plan to release a Sit-n-Go 2.0 specific e-book on Amazon.com on October 17 - a week before the debut. The couple have already written several books on poker strategy. “We are so happy to have been brought on board in order to promote this exciting new format,” said Dozier. “My husband and I had a blast writing the book and thinking about the many ways in which the different payout structures within the format will change the optimal strategy.” Indeed, with so many recreational players leaving standard cash games and flocking to lottery SNGs, poker pros will no doubt be eager to learn how they can maximize their profits at Sit-n-Go 2.0 tables. In an excerpt from his upcoming book, Moshman explains the importance of learning the new variant. “The creation of jackpots created an opportunity,” he wrote. “Good poker players have a lot of strengths, but change is not one of them. Instead, they stick with their current format until they have no choice but to follow the recreational money.” Dozier will be playing Sit-n-Go 2.0 live on her new Twitch.tv channel, while interacting with poker players on social media who may have questions about the new format.
Poker is always being innovated further and Sit & Go 2.0 is the latest in that creative development. Sit & Go 2.0 debuted at the Punta Cana Poker Classiclast October and will return when the series kicks off on October 24. The gameplay is designed to combine poker with the chance element of table games but still provides a skill factor on all sides. Similar to other lottery-style sit-n-gos, the prize pool is determined before the game takes place but unlike the more common format, Sit & Go 2.0 allows for full ring action and opportunity for the prize pool to change. How To Play The rules of Sit & Go 2.0 are the same as a standard nine-handed No Limit Hold‘em sit-n-go. The difference comes prior to hands being dealt, The changes affect the total prize pool and number of places paid. The rules are same for Sit & Go 2.0 as they are for a regular sit-n-go with a few exceptions. Prior to play starting, all players are dealt one card face down. The player to the left of the button reveals their card to the table, showing it to be either red or black. Should the card be red, the action is completed and the prize pool is the same as it were when play started. If that is to happen, the prize pool is identical to the 7x buy in and only the top two players make the money. When the red card is turned over, play resumes as a standard sit-n-go would. If a black card is turned over by the first player, the prize pool is increased to nine times the buy in and the top three players will be guaranteed payment. The process of turning over cards continues until a red card is shown. Every time a black card is shown, the prize pool grows. The largest possible prize pool is 51.3x the buy with six places paid. It is obviously highly unlikely for all nine players to receive black cards and takes over 1,100 simulations to happen. Approximately three-quarters of the time, the pre-action portion will end right away with a red card or only one player having a black card. The table below shows the payout structures and probabilities for a Sit-n-Go 2.0 game with $10 buy-in. # Black CardProbability# out of 1,180MultiplierPrizepool 9 Black Cards0.08492759%1.0051.3$510.00 8 Black Cards0.12267318%1.4540$400.00 7 Black Cards0.28408527%3.3530$300.00 6 Black Cards0.63919185%7.5420$200.00 5 Black Cards1.40013452%16.5217$170.00 4 Black Cards2.99119648%35.3015$150.00 3 Black Cards6.24249700%73.6613$130.00 2 Black Cards12.74509804%150.3911$110.00 1 Black Card25.49019608%300.789$90.00 No Black Cards50.00000000%590.007$70.00 The Punta Cana Poker Classic is teaming up with the husband and wife combo of Collin Moshman and Katie Dozier. The pair are promoting the game with Moshman’s e-book already released and Dozier planning to play the game live on Twitch. Players from all poker backgrounds have shown they are open to trying out “lottery” forms of gaming on poker sites and Sit-n-Go 2.0 fits that model. “The creation of jackpots created an opportunity,” Moshman said in his book. “Good poker players have a lot of strengths, but change is not one of them. Instead, they stick with their current format until they have no choice but to follow the recreational money.” The Punta Cana Poker Classic is only a few weeks away and once it gets started, there will be plenty of chances for players onsite to learn more about this new model of poker.