Friday, April 27, 2012

Looking Back At SNGs 6 Years Ago!

A nostalgic post today, only without the detailed research into what appeared when, which would only serve to give me a headache. I first started playing Sit n Goes a long time ago… 2005 to be exact. I started blogging in 2006 and have been playing the damn things ever since while running the biggest website dedicated to this form of poker – SNG Planet (well, bigger tournaments + satellites too, but you get the idea).

When I first started out there were 1-table sit n goes, or steps. I am pretty sure that was that… you could choose 6 or 9 handed than the Stars $16s were the place to be… simply staying snug and profiting from the disaster which was most peoples bubble play. There was an ICM calc available, called SNG Power Tools, though this was a niche thing…. It was 1 or 2 people understanding prize pool equity and the rest not – rather than 4 people knowing ICM to 1 decimal place and 3 knowing it to 2 decimal places, I psycho working exploiting the fact that you know he knows it to 2 decimal places… and 1 fish who keeps complaining that everyone is playing ‘Bingo’ with their 6 BBs.

I digress!

The 180s appeared, and 2 table games came along… there was a gap while the 5 and 10 table games became popular… and heads-up was mostly in cash format if I remember it correctly.

Today we are spoiled for choices, and even though the standard of play is different now I really did want to use this post to emphasize how good things are out there (especially outside of the US) for SNG fans these days.

You have double-or-nothing + Fifty50 games

Knockout bounties…

Extra fast games to cut out all that difficult post-flop play

Different sizes of games which are popular enough that you can multi-table them

Novelty SNGs like the Jackpot games at iPoker and the Helkat (timed) ones at Party

You can play PLO, PLO8, 8-game, Stud and many other games without too much waiting

Satellite qualifier SNGs have not been around for ever either

… 180s now go off every 2 minutes, or even faster at peak times.

Online poker has grown so massive in the 6 or so years since I played my first hands that it really is unrecognizable from what it was back then… now, the big question is what will the SNGs (or online poker in general) look like in 6 years from now??

Gl at the tables, Mark

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