How to Play the Start of a Sit and Go

This video will guide you through the start of a sit and go, and will teach topics like chip accumulation and how to protect your stack. Also, you'll learn why tightness is important at the start of a SNG, and why playing loose can cost you your stack. Make sure to review the important points below the video when you're done. Good luck!

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Key Points for the Early SNG Stages:

Below are the main points you should take away from this video. After watching the movie, make sure to review the points below so you can remember the important information.

#1 - Pay Attention to the Table

You'll notice that I take a ton of notes on other players at the table, and that really comes in handy later in the tournament. I like to take notice of things such as players' starting hand selections, whether they continuation bet on the flop or not, and if they get caught making bluffs throughout the SNG. Then, I can use the information later on to help me out with tough decisions.

#2 - Make a Set or Fold

Right off the bat I had pocket two's, and decided to see the flop because a player had limped in front of me. I actually flopped a gut-shot draw, but decided to fold because it isn't worth drawing to those odds. When you are able to see a flop with a little pair, you need to either make a set or fold, because there's no sense chasing two outers to the river.

#3 - Stay Tight with a Big Stack

Although I won a huge hand early on with QQ, I made sure to stick to my game plan and conserve chips. It's nice to get a big pot early, but if you loosen up and start splashing around in pots, you can easily lose it right back. Make sure to stick to the original plan of conserving chips and making it to the middle stages with a respectable stack.

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