Sit and Go tournaments have been a popular way of enjoying online poker for many years – and show no sign of losing their appeal any time soon. These are tournaments with no scheduled starting time, they kick off as soon as enough players are registered. 1-table games are the most common type, you’ll find plenty of variations in game, speed and format – and many different sizes too. This article gives you an overview of what SNGs are available online, and then takes you through the best SNG poker sites for your location.
First up, you’ll find an overview of the kinds of SNGs available online – this list is growing all the time. Next I have outlined the best sites for this format for US based readers, who are restricted to offshore sites at the current time. After that, the worldwide sites are covered – before I end with some links to some sit and go strategy articles here at GamblingOnline.com.
This poker format started off with 9 player games with 3 paid places – and has evolved into a poker genre all of its own. Sizes now range from 2-players, through 3, 4, 6, or 10 – then to 12 (2x 6-max), 18, 27, 45, 90 and 180 player games. Some variations need a certain number of players to begin and then allow more to join for 30 to 60 minutes. As well as size, you’ll find many different speeds. Turbo, hyper-turbo and even all-in or fold games are available at most sites.
Next, game rules vary across SNG poker sites. Double-or-Nothing games are very popular (or Fifty50 at PokerStars), Knockout bounty games are also common as are satellite qualifiers. Steps SNGs allow you to win your way up a ladder to some very big prizes and there are even Jackpot SNGs which pay out when you win 6 in a row.
Combining size and variation already gives a long list of possible games – and you need to add the poker game to complete this. Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Stud and mixed games are all readily available –and the larger sites offer sit n goes in even more games including Draw or even Razz.
There are plenty of places to enjoy SNGs for US players at the larger offshore sites. The lower levels are busy at the largest sites, and with growing player numbers the bigger buy-in games are running more often too.
Bovada.lv is the biggest of the US friendly poker sites at the moment. They are part of the global Bodog brand and offer sports betting and casino games – they are targeted at recreational gamblers instead of serious pros, which keeps their games nice and soft. Anonymous tables and a focus on Texas Holdem games make the SNGs at Bovada a great place to enjoy this popular format.
Winning Poker Network: The second largest US site when counted together, the Winning Poker Network includes names like Black Chip Poker and True Poker. They run a progressive weekly SNG leader board called Sit N Crush – as well as a popular bad-beat jackpot.
Carbon Poker: The biggest site on the Merge Poker network is innovative when it comes to their Sit N Go tournaments. They offer knockout games, double-ups and Steps SNGs along with their speed and size variations. You’ll find great software at this site- along with daily cash-back.
Players from outside the US (Australia, Canada, UK & Europe) have a massive choice of poker sites, along with very easy deposit and withdrawal options. The scale of the worldwide sites allows them to run a lot of niche SNG games which need the larger player bases to run. Here are some of the key options for Sit n Go fans.
PokerStars: The biggest site by a long way is able to offer a lot of niche games including some obscure variations (2-7 triple draw SNGs for example). The sheer number of games running is amazing, they are kicking off every couple of seconds. Instead of double-or-nothing games, PokerStars have their own unique variation in the ‘Fifty50’ format. These pay half the field like double-ups and distribute half of the prize pool based on chip counts. The 180 Player SNG tournaments are more like mini-MTTs and are another hugely popular format at PokerStars.
The iPoker Network: 2nd in size, the iPoker Network is made up of huge brands like Bet365 and William Hill. They pool their players on a common back-end, which means they are able to offer a huge number of games – including SNG tournaments. As well as a long list of the standard variations, the iPoker Network have Jackpot SNGs, which pay €35,000+ for winning 6 in a row at the highest level. You’ll also find on-demand games here, which kick off when 27 people join.
FullTilt Poker: Owned by PokerStars, Full Tilt is another site with enough players to offer a huge range of variations. One that I particularly like is the 90 player knockout SNG tournaments. 9 players get paid, and you get a bounty payment for every player you manage to knock out too.
You will find some strategy articles to help you beat SNGs here at GamblingOnline.com. To get you started check out this SNG Strategy Overview, once you have the basics down you’ll be ready for a SNG Math Intro and a look at strategy for Multi-Table SNGs.