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If you manage to get into a heads up match during your sit-n-go, regardless of how many players are involved, it’s definitely an excellent accomplishment. The thing about playing heads up though, especially in a sit-n-go is that many things come down to how many big blinds you have, and also how your opponent has been playing as well. So for starters, if you’ve been playing a nine person sit-n-go, you’ve obviously been able to watch how your opponents have played from the word go, like whether they are aggressive or loose, and also how often they tend to bluff. This is all meaningful information, and today we are going to take a look at some tips and strategy to help you bring home more first place finishes than second place finishes in those sit-n-go’s!

Counting Big Blinds

This is important for both your stack, and your opponents stack as well. Raising and three-betting is always good in poker, UNLESS you have a small number of big blinds remaining in your hand. For sit-n-go’s it is recommended to base your decisions on whether or not you have more or less than ten big blinds. We’ll call ten the magic number here. If you are raising with your hand, and you have ten big blinds or less, then you should simply be pushing all in. This puts pressure on your opponent, and just raising a small amount will make life tough when betting on the flop. It’s also important to know your raising range heads up, but we will cover that more in-depth below. As far as counting your opponents’ big blinds, if THEY have less than ten big blinds, you should be pushing all in regardless of how many chips you have as well. Making your opponent choose to call off their chips for their tournament life is a tough decision for them, and is one that you want them constantly having to debate.

Hand Range to Push All In

This is one of the toughest decisions for many players, as it can be hard to decide exactly whether or not you want to either risk your stack, or push all in to make your opponent risk their stack. The rule of thumb that I usually live by is that I’ll be pushing all in with less than ten big blinds, or if my opponent has less than ten big blinds, with any ace, any pair, and most king’s. On top of that, if you have something like Q-10, or Q-9, I’d typically push that all in as well. If you can make these shoves and continue to pick up blinds without getting a call from your opponent, then it works out excellent as your opponents stack will continually be getting smaller. Now, for what to call your opponents shoves with, I’d probably recommend hands that have an ace, and most pocket pairs above sixes. You’ll find that depending on how short your opponent is, they could be pushing a pretty wide range of hands.

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