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45 man SnGs are one of the better ways to build a bankroll from playing SnGs. They allow you to win a decent pot from just a small buy-in without the hassle of playing against large fields. There are four stages where you will have to take a different approach to maximise your winning potential. So let’s take a look at them.


Early Stages

The best strategy to start off with is the standard ABC style. There will be plenty of recreational players who are only there to flat out gamble so a patient ABC approach will often reap it’s rewards early on which should take you into the next phase in decent shape. You should be raising or re-raising your big hands, seeing cheap flops with suited connectors/one gappers and be sure to lay off the bluffing when you don’t connect post-flop. You will have many big blinds to start with so you won’t need to go chasing, time IS on your side. Because of the small blinds early on in the tournament, for the most part bluffing will be virtually non existent.

Don’t overdo the blind stealing either, in the early stages the blinds simply aren’t big enough to get into blind wars. If you don’t have a raising hand then you can easily let it go. You can’t win the tournament in the early stages, only lose it. Simply sticking to pocket pairs and broadway cards is perfectly reasonable.

However, you should always keep an eye on your stack size. If you are raising and you only have 12BB’s or less then it should be an all-in raise. It increases your fold equity and helps prevents tough spots post-flop.

Final Two Tables

At this point the blind levels can be anything from 100-200 to 400-800 but luckily your strategy will be pretty much the same. Limping at this stage should be non existent. It will either be a small raise, an all-in or a fold. Lets look into each one in a bit more detail…

A Small Raise: In early position a raise to 3BB’s is fine as you still have a number of players to negotiate but if you are first in the pot in late position then a min raise is often sufficient. This is because the vast majority are quite rightly in a push/fold mentality so they will rarely call your raise. This means that  if we raise a little less than usual we save some chips for the times we are blind stealing and have to fold to a re-raise. These saved chips could come in very handy later on!

An All-in Raise: As stated above, if you have around 12BB’s or less then any raise should be for all of your chips and from any position. A re-raise should almost always be for all of your chips as well as you are pretty much committed anyway so you might as well shove the lot in. Bluff raising is fine but bluff re-raising isn’t. Only re-raise an opponent if you have a decent hand.

A Fold: Well if you need me to explain this then YOU ARE CRAZY!


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Final Table/Bubble

When you reach this point there really is no need for you to be the short stack. If you do find yourself as the short stack then you probably weren’t aggressive enough when you were down to the last two tables.

When you hit the final table you just need to sit tight and stick to playing your big hands until you hit the money stage as it is usually the top 7 who get paid with a 9 man final table.

Money Stage

This is where the fun starts! As you get further and further into it you should start widening your shoving range. If you are a short stack when you hit the money stage then this is a good time to go for it and gamble as you have the safety net of making profit from the tournament anyway.

As you make it towards the top three places the blinds will be astronomical in relation to stack sizes so you must utilize a push/fold strategy. Even in the small blind, DO NOT LIMP! It’s all-in or fold. As you hit the final three your shoving range should be something like…

Once you are down to the final three players, you should really up the aggression so that you will either be busted in 3rd or go into the heads-up stage as a comfortable chip leader. The reason being is the difference in money between 1st and 2nd is significantly bigger than the difference between 2nd and 3rd. So it would be more beneficial finishing 3rd from  trying to hit that heads-up stage with the chip lead which if successful, should get you a 1st place finish a decent percentage of the time.

When you are down to the heads-up stage the small blind has position so  you have the advantage in the hand from the word go. It is generally bad to let the big blind see a free flop by being able to check. Pressure your opponent into making a mistake! You should also tighten up your range in the BB as you are out of position and are immediately at a disadvantage in the hand. Forget hands like suited connectors in the BB, concentrate your range more towards high cards.


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