The temptation to play weak hands is often the downfall of weak players.
written by Marty Smith
In sit and go tournaments, this is a losing proposition.
Marginal hands in sit and go tournaments are quite simply the death of weak players. Before you begin to make the money in Sit and Go Tournaments, you need to know how to fold. Not being able to, is the single, biggest, critical mistake that MOST players make on a consistent basis. Yes, I wrote MOST players. In fact, their lack of discipline will often boost you to the money, but you need self control when it comes to tossing these hands yourself, as your opponents will go down one by one, playing the very hand that you correctly discarded.
The nature of Sit and Go Tournaments brings several key elements together that when understood and strategized, can easily build your poker bankroll by just playing these fascinating single table tournaments. These elements include an impatient player's desire for action, an inexperienced player's desire to limit his risk, and a semi-pro's desire to make it to the money.
When you combine these factors with the potential of quickly multiplying your entry fee, predefined structure and playing time, and your superior knowledge of position and hand strength - you will consistently have the upper hand at every table you sit at. Read that again, please. Imagine that now - you can have an advantage at every sit and go tournament you participate. How can you pass this up?
To attain an acceptable win rate you need to start identifying hands that can get you into big trouble. By big trouble, I mean hands that can either win you a small pot, or lose you a big one. Need I remind you here, that if you lose a big pot in a fast tournament, your are officially short stacked and hence, your options will be closing fast on you. It's never impossible to come back from an early blow, but why put yourself in that predicament? You don't need to win the tournament in the first few hands, but you can sure lose it in the first few hands.
Here are a few of those hands I am referring to: A3s, KJos, Q9s, KQs, A9os, and QJs etc. Have you noticed a pattern here? They all look good right? However, they are not the best, and that is what can send you to the rail sooner than you like. It's the delicate handling of greed and impatience that requires your inner strength to overcome and toss these cards more often than not. If you are an inexperienced player, you probably should never play these until you are in the money. Marginal hands lead to reload bonuses. Check out my free video series where these issues are discussed and you can witness them in action, on real tables.