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Bubble Strategy (3): Multi-table SNGs part 1
Before reading this lesson, you should have read through:
By now you should have a general idea for what the bubble phase is and how you should approach it. You have also learned about the intricacies of the bubble in single table SNGs (STTs) specifically.
This lesson focuses on multi-table SNGs where the bubble is played out on the final table. Three common structures are considered – an 18-man SNG with a 40/30/20/10 payout structure, a 27-man SNG with a 37/27/18/10/8 (rounded) structure and a 45-man SNG with a 31/21.5/16.5/12.5/9/6/3.5 payout structure. The numbers represent the percentage of the prize pool allocated to each place respectively.
The Bubble Phase in an 18-man SNG
When it BeginsBy definition, the bubble phase in an 18-man SNG with the top four spots paid begins with 6 players left. 40% of the prize pool is allocated on the exact bubble, as four players secure at least a 10% payout. In STTs, the proportion allocated on the bubble is larger than first place money, whereas here it is the same. Also, in absolute terms, the 40% “bubble pool” is lower than in STTs. This means that the bubble is of less relative importance than in a STT, however it still is the most important part of the tournament. Consistent with the previous lesson, the considerations here are limited to the bubble and it is assumed that there are always five players competing for four paid spots.
Typical Risk PremiumTake a look at the following example of how stacks might look at this stage:
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