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‘Well, Damn!’

Helping a student with his sit-and-go strategy

by Matt Lessinger |  Published: Dec 10, 2010


I was working with a student who wanted to discuss his disappointing sit-and-go (SNG) results. He was profiting a little, but he had an inordinate number of third-place finishes and not nearly as many first- or second-place finishes. I went over a bunch of hand histories with him, and even reviewed a couple of SNGs in their entirety. That information helped me to confirm what his results already suggested: He was excellent at playing a short stack, but wasn’t aggressive enough when he had the chip lead. The rest of our conversation went something like this: “Let’s start with your ability to finish third even when you are fairly card-dead. Clearly, this is one of your strengths. Why do you think you are able to do that?” “Well, I don’t get out of line and play hands that I shouldn’t. Some other players get impatient as they get short-stacked and ...

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