June 15th, 2017
How to Play Small Pairs in Early Position Sit 'n Go and Satellite Poker Tournaments
© 2017 by M. Mitch Freeland
A Sit 'n Go is a one table tournament with nine or ten players where the prize money is paid out to the top three finishers. A Satellite is a one table tournament where the prize is paid out to the last remaining player who ends up with all the chips. Now in practical terms, deals are often cut where a second or third chip leader can negotiate greater prize money with the chip leader to end the battle. This is usually done in live play sit 'n go and satellites, rarely in online tournaments.
In the earlier part of a single table tournament when the blinds are small and you are in earlier position and nobody has entered the pot, it is correct to muck your small pairs. Pairs such as 22-77 should be folded. This might appear to be very tight play, but remember you are waiting for half the field to bust out. Not only are you in poor position, you have a limited number of chips and it is not worth risking them at this time. When the blinds move up and half the field has been eliminated you can enter the pot with a raise. When the blinds are now high and there are five players remaining, it is now time to play more aggressively.
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