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Sit N Go Strategy - Importance Of Position

Understanding the principles behind position and how to use them to your advantage is a key element to the basic SNG strategy. You hear a lot of people saying "I was in position" or "I had position on you". This is because position equals leverage. That's a statement worth repeating. Position equals leverage. By realizing this and having a strong grasp of the concepts of using position to your favor, you will become a smarter player.

Position refers to where you are seated at the table in reference to the dealer. The right position allows you to gather intelligence about the stregnth or weakness of the other player's hands. Knowledge is key and being in the right position at the right time equals leverage. In a game of limited constants, you need all of the leverage you can get.

There are 3 elements to position: Early, Middle, and Late. The principles you learn about position are very important in the early stages of an SNG tournament. As you will learn later, the early stages of a tournament are instrumental to your abilty to building your strategy for the late stages of the tournament. Using position principles early, you will help to save, and even build your stack.

Early Position

Being in "early position" in the beginning stages of a 9 player SNG tournament is a danger zone. If you are any of the first 3 players to the left of the dealer, you are in "early position". In this position you are one of the first to act which lands you in a "danger zone" as far as knowledge. Betting from an early position can be very dangerous, especially in the early stages.

Middle Position

Players 4-6 to the left of the dealer in a 9 player SNG are said to be in "Middle Position". From the middle position you are able to accumulate

some information about the stregnth of your hand in comparrison to the early position players but there are still several to act after you. The middle position is not nearly as scary as being early, but still a nerve racking position to be in. In the early stages of a SNG tournament, I like to blend both early and late position into a danger zone that I don't play many hands at all.

Late Position

If you are in the 7th thru 9th position to the left of the dealer you are said to be in "late position". This is a good place to be, especially if you have less than a perfect hand. Bluffing becomes easier to pull off from these positions. Stealing the blinds becomes a possibility. The majority of the hands you play should be played from the "late position".


Whether you are playing a 6 or 9 player SNG, position is key to a solid strategy for winning. Always be aware of your player position before making a wager. At the same time, keep an eye at the players who do bet often from early or middle positions. This is a sign of a weaker player of which you should be able to manipulate into turning over their stack.
Position will be referred to a lot in this manual so make sure you a firm grasp of this information before moving on.

The key to winning SNGs consistently is leverage. Knowledge equals leverage. A keen awareness of position equals knowledge.

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Johnny is a poker pro who has written a number of educational products including Sit n Go Pro. He is highly interested in helping all poker players understand the game and win lots of money.

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