Sit and go strategy

Don't keep paying limpers tax.

This is one of the biggest reasons for people having a mediocre average in the 6 max SNG. Indeed even in the ten handed version people could improve their win rate so much if they stopped limping into pots.

So why is limping so bad?

In the early stages of the SNG everybody wants to try and get an early double up and so they limp with trash to try and get lucky.

The problem is that because you have so few chips to begin with (1500 if we are playing the standard SNG) then donking off chips by limping is going to make a serious dent in your chip stack before you ever get lucky.

That "Wish you'd limped" feeling.

Remember in this six handed version the blinds come round far more quickly and so if you have a limping habit you are going to be doing a lot of it.

Over a period of time you may get lucky by hitting one or two flops really hard but when you have been playing SNG's for a long time you get to realise that limping is just a way of donking off chips and doing the opposite of preserving your chip stack.

In the beginning stages of an SNG it may seem like no harm is done when you enter every pot for $20 and limping in is not the biggest problem here.

The problem comes when you actually catch a bit of the flop and don't want to let it go.

For example you limp with 68 Diamonds hoping to catch a straight or flush draw. If the miracle draw actually appears then you are going to be tempted to draw to it right?

And therein lies the problem.

Say the flop comes with 2 diamonds. You can call to try and make the flush and if you make it you'll probably be all in. Only to find someone else was drawing to the same flush with bigger cards. Or more likely you both miss the flush and your opponents Ace wins the hand.

When the flop comes with a tempting draw then you are in big big trouble.

The best way to keep out of trouble hands is not to play them at all.

The only case for limping is when you have small pairs and you are too far away from the blinds to raise everybody out of the hand. If for example you have 22 in early position and the blinds are still $20 then you might want to limp to try and hit your magical set.

The counter argument here is that by the time we get to the big blind every man and his dog has limped in with their trashy hand to try and make something.

If you raised this hand in the beginning then you might take down the blinds with no argument. If you get one or two callers and actually make your set then you have a bigger chance of taking down the pot with fewer opponents drawing to their trashy straight.

In addition if you raised you may get a chance at a free card if your opponents check it to you.

There is no case for limping. You either have a hand or you don't and if you don't you shouldn't be limping in to try and hit something.

In cash games limping is often used to decieve a known opponent, but that's a cash game. This is not a cash game.

And it's not limit holdem. In limit you can limp and usually get raised just the one bet unless someone has a massive hand.

So, in this game if you limp you will have to pay limpers tax every time you limp.

You limp with 56 suited get raised later on by four times the big blind and call paying your limpers tax - that's two mistakes so far in this hand already.

You hit a straight draw and call down to the river usually losing or you hit 56, the board pairs on the river and the higher pair knocks you out.

Don't limp however tempting it is and don't pay limpers tax.

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