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Advanced Bubble Play for Six-Max Sit’n’Gos
IntroductionIn this article
- Why an adjustment of strategy is necessary in 6-max SNGs
- What the most common mistakes in 6-max SNGs are
- Archetypal situations on the bubble
Recently six-max sit’n’gos have become the most prevalent form of poker at high stakes. This is simply due to the reduced number of regulars and reduced volume overall; they are also much more popular at lower stakes than previously for exactly the same reasons.
Unlike nine-ten handed games where three players are paid and which have been covered extensively in books, videos and poker forums, six-max games are still relatively new in terms of the overall evolution of accurate strategy. For this reason many players, even regulars, play them quite badly in a number of ways, especially around the bubble. These include:
- Ignorance of correct ICM strategies - six-max games require some subtle alterations of the ICM strategy from full-ring play and some players do not make the correct adjustments, looking to avoid taking risks on the bubble and in the early game.
- Aggressiveness/metagame - on the other hand, many players will get caught up in the general aggression levels of six-max games and begin making calls or shoves that are –EV, either because of tilt or because of a desire to make themselves harder to play against. They may also overestimate the value of gaining a big stack on the bubble.
- Over-reliance on ICM - we should also remember that whilst, in general, ICM is a useful tool for sit’n’go play, it isn’t perfect and there are situations where it may be correct to deviate from it. Additionally, because the blinds pass through us more quickly in six-max and there are less chips in play, these decisions come up far more often than in full-ring games where the blinds are high.
- Outdated information – even players who are familiar with six-max sit’n’gos need to be careful when using outdated programs and methods of calculating the correct ranges and to ensure they are up to date with the most recent ones available such as Nash equilibrium.
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