Satellite SNG Strategy

When signing up for a satellite sit and go, you are looking
to win that satellite in order to play in a bigger tournament.
This should be the goal you have at all times. How to win
satellites is just like how you should play normal sit and goes.
The only difference is that instead of receiving money after you
win you’ll receive a buy-in to a bigger tournament.

If your bankroll is relatively small, and you aren’t able to afford the
big buy-in tournaments, the satellites could be a great starting
point for you to hit a stride and build your bankroll. If you
want to take shots in bigger tournaments this could also be a
great stepping stone for you. There are plenty of stories of
players who have invested small amounts and walked away with big
prizes. Chris Moneymaker was one of the first to do so in the
main event for only $33, and he ended up winning the tournament.
If you are looking to play the bigger tournaments, satellite sit
and goes can help you get there.

Bankroll Considerations

When first selecting a satellite to play you should keep in
mind how big your bankroll is. If your bankroll is still small,
you’ll want to play satellites that don’t risk a big portion
of it. Ideally, if you play a satellite you should risk such a
small percentage that your bankroll is not fazed by you playing
in it. If you risk too much to take a shot at a big buy-in event
you could burn through money and end up spending more than what
the buy-in for the tournament is. This isn’t what you want to
happen. What you want to happen is to play one where you have
the best chance of winning.

If you play single table satellites,
this will give you the best opportunity at success. The reason
is because there are fewer players, and with a smaller field to
get through, your opportunity for getting a win and moving on to
the big tournament is greater. There’s nothing better than
investing a small amount and having a chance at a very big
amount. If you play satellites often times you can have success
by investing small amounts and turning big profits.

Varied Blind Structures

With most satellites, the blind structures will be turbo
blinds or five minutes, but, some are regular slow ten minute
blinds. Sometimes they’ll be even less when dealing with super
turbo games. Super turbo satellites are basically just gambling
when it comes down to it because you’ll start off with fewer
chips and the blinds will go up at a faster rate. Unless you
have the bankroll for them, don’t play them. If you sit down at a
regular turbo satellite, or five minute blinds, you should look
to pick spots where you can accumulate chips.

Frequently, turbo satellites will consist of players who are looking to
gamble or players who are on tilt. If you find yourself at one
of these tables you can sit back and wait for hands to come.
When the hands do come, you can put yourself in a great position to
win. If you play a regular or slow blinds satellite the play
will vary, and often times the best strategy is to play passive
and pick spots later on to move in when the blinds get bigger.
If you establish a tight image you are going to have success in
the regular blinds structured satellites.

As with all satellites you would like to invest a small
amount to win a large amount. If you play satellites frequently
you can accumulate more entries to tournaments than you are
allowed to play. If you have an ample amount of entries you have
qualified for, most sites will give you tournament dollars or
money that you can buy-in to other events or tournaments with.
Some players will build up a great tournament bankroll just by
mastering satellite sit and goes. This is a great skill to have,
but, at the same time it isn’t translating the dollars earned or
entries earned into real money yet. What you have to do next is
play tournaments and cash them in to collect on your investment.

Benefits of Satellite SNGs

A number of sites will allow you to play other
sit and goes or tournaments if you choose to unregister from
the tournament you have qualified for. This is a nice added
bonus most of the time, but, if you are playing to have a shot
at the big tournament, you should play the big tournament. Every
player who plays the smaller tournaments should want to someday
play in the big tournaments, because that’s where you can win
life changing money.

If you sit and play low buy-in tournaments
forever you’ll make money, but not anything to brag home
about. If you satellite into a big tournament like the main
event at the world series of poker, then winning is something to
be proud of. You can invest a small amount and possibly walk away
with ten million dollars. That is certainly a great investment.

You should approach satellites overall by playing tight and
then opening up your game to go in for an eventual shot at a
victory. If you play too passive throughout or too aggressive
throughout it will hurt your chances of gaining an entry into a
bigger tournament. Also, what it will do is tell the table what
type of player you are. If you open your game up too much you
can become an easy target. If you play too passive, then players
will run you over for the duration of the satellite. You want to
have a mix between a passive and aggressive style to play in

Most of the time the satellite sit and go will be
over quickly because of the amount of gamblers who look to play
them. If you want to have success in satellite sit and goes, you’ll have success in these. All you need is patience and
well-timed aggression.