Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sit and Go - Playing vs Multitablers...

Anyone playing SNGs at the bigger sites has come across them right? the players who are at every table at your level... and signed up for all the games to come, there are people out there playing 12, 16 even 24 tables at once. The question is; how to play against these people in such a way as to get an edge??

Will start by thinking about the game from the perspective of the 16-tabler;

- Very small likelihood of reads on other players or even the table, they are playing the cards.
- Post-flop play would make matters complicated, they are looking for easy decisions.
- They are playing to a set of pre-determined rules depending on cards / blinds / position.
- They are likely to understand bubble play and be able to push / fold with a certain degree of accuracy (again via preset rules - no adjustment for their opponents).

Here are my top 10 thoughts on how to get an edge; comments / feedback welcome!

1 - Assigning hand ranges early, if this guy raises or reraises early on he has a good hand. Your job is to determine the range of hands for each action. It is worth spending the time to do this if you come across this player often.

2 - Draws, especially out of position are far less likely as this would involve post flop play. If there is a straight or flush draw on the flop you should be continuation betting most of the time.

3 - Conversely small pairs from mid to late position are more likely - especially for a limp, they are easy to play on the flop (no set no bet!).

4 - Expect continuation bets on most flops, in my experience these guys will almost always fire a 2nd barrel. If you hit your hand then push it hard, they are looking for the simple decisions and will not be likely to make any complex moves on you.

5 - If a multi-tabler raises 3 or 4 bb from early position in the 'middle' blind levels they are more likely to call a push or push over a reraise, their opening criteria are strict and they need easy decisions. Do not attempt a resteal at this stage unless you have a hand =ev to their likely range.

6 - Again in the mid-stages the multitabler is less likely to call a raise from the blinds, keep your raises small each time, they will play back with top 10% ish and you can fold with a clear conscience!

7 - Keep an eye on the others at your table, have they adjusted to cope with this guy? If the others are attempting tricky multi-street 'moves' on him then stay out of the way and let them get on with it... your best bet is to find out where you are in the hand quickly and let go of your hand if you encounter resistance.

8 - Bubble time, again you should be raising ahead of the m-tabler most times, it is even more important to do this here as they will usually know that their calling range must be strict.

9 - Bubble #2, calling ranges, the m-tabler will know that it is often profitable to push any 2 when folded to and the blinds are high. You need to adjust your calling range downwards to take account of this - not too far though! What I do here is to call when ICM says I have a +ev situation against top 70%

10 - Heads up on the end, again look for their 'rules' and adjust to them, in my experience these guys are pushing very wide (assuming the blinds are high), top 60% or even higher - if you do not know what hands to call against this range then look it up fast! Again a personal rule of thumb is that they are calling top 25%, again find out what this means you can profitably push!

Thoughts / Comments welcome!

Cheers, Mark

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