1. Congratulations for the excellent site. I have read the articles and try and much as possible to follow the strategy outlined therein. At this level I am trying to beat the 5-handed €1 SnGs (1500 starting chip count) before moving up levels. I have kept a record for 50 SnG games and I would like to share my after-play review with you:
a. In these games, it is apparent that most of the players tend to loose-play any two cards hoping to get lucky.
b. Beginners’ play is also noticeable when some players keep on chasing cards hoping to hit their cards.
c. Players going all-in early in the game with thrash cards hoping to double up quickly (and busting out early!!).
d. Most play is predictable i.e. players betting on the flop if they hit the cards or folding if they do not. On the button, this makes for excellent steals if everyone checks to you.
e. Play starts to tighten up on reaching the 100/200 blind level.
2. As outlined in your strategy guide, I use a very tight, disciplined approach in the first three blind levels hoping to hit a monster hand. I normally play the big blind simply by checking and/or folding accordingly. I also let go of the small blind during the initial stages because position would not be in my favour as I would be the first to act. Chasing draws and all-ins do not feature in my game at this stage.
3. It is true that opponents respect you when you do play a hand but the trend is that if I do NOT hit a good hand during the initial three blind levels, I normally find myself playing three-handed in 3rd position, on the bubble as an underdog with the least amount of chips (average of 1000 chips on a blind level of 100/200). On the other hand, if I manage to hit good hands in the first three blinds, I normally go on and win the SnG because I use my chip stack as a dominating factor.
4. After 50 games, my winnings are 50% in the money (1st place - 10 times, 2nd – 14 times with 17 times in 3rd place, 9 times in 4th place and once in 5th place). I have identified my weak area which is bubble-play as I noticed that I normally bust out in 3rd position.
5. I would appreciate if you can dedicate more strategy articles on advanced play touching on the following areas:
a. Push-or-fold decisions on the bubble (i.e. three-handed play);
b. What sort of play one must adopt on the bubble? And to what extent one needs to ‘loosen up’ to play a more aggressive game at the later stages of the 5/ 6 handed SnGs;
c. What cards are playable during these late stages;
d. What is the inflection point in a 5/6 handed SnG that one must contemplate pushing all-in?
Keep up the good work.