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Bubble Strategy (4): Multi-table SNGs Part 2

Before reading this lesson, you should have read through:


By now you should have a general idea on what the bubble phase is and how you should approach it in general. You have also learned about the intricacies of the bubble in single table SNGs specifically, as well as the nuances of the bubble in multi-table SNGs, where it takes place on the final table.

This lesson focuses on multi-table SNGs, where the bubble is played out before the final table. Two common structures are considered – a 90-man SNG with a 27.55/18/14/9.2/6.7/4.95/4/3.35/2.75/2.25(x4) payout structure and a 180-man SNG with a 30/20/11.4/7.4/5.8/4.3/3/2.2/1.5/0.95(x9)/0.65(x9) payout structure. The numbers represent the percentage of the prize pool allocated to each place respectively.

The Bubble Phase in a 90-man SNG

When it Begins

By definition, the bubble phase in a 90-man SNG with the top 13 spots paid begins with 17 players left, so more or less with the start of the semi-final table. Almost 30% of the prize pool is allocated on the exact bubble, as 13 players secure at least a 2.25% payout. It means that, in absolute terms, the almost 30% “bubble pool” is larger than in 45-man SNGs. It is also larger compared to first place money than it is in 18-mans, and only slightly smaller than it is in 27-mans. This means that the bubble is of greater relative importance than in multi-table SNGs with a single-table bubble. It remains to be the most important part of the tournament.

Typical Risk Premium

At this stage of the tournament, there are still two tables left, so it does not make sense to come up with a typical stack setup as the resulting risk premiums and strategies are dependent upon the other table.

Instead, take a look at how the average risk premium changes throughout the bubble phase:

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