Its doubtful Chris Moneymaker knew in 2003, when he won the World Series of Poker that he’d change the way the world looks at poker, but it’s true nonetheless.  Since then, people from around the world and certainly this author, have dreamed of sitting at the final table, holding pocket aces, and staring down Jackie Chan.

However any decent player knows you’re only as good as your last game (or tournament) and learning to play a good sit n go game can generate some serious cash very quickly (skill and the poker gods not withstanding) .

The “sit n go” tournaments, with buy-ins ranging from as little as $5 to $5,000, are typically fast-paced and last less than an hour.  And while I’ve never done it; some enjoy playing multiple tables where you’ll need a quick mind, and laser like concentration.

Single table “sit n goes” rank with the fastest growing poker games online.  A typical scenario might consist of 9 or 10 players, with the top three making money, and the rest hopeful their luck will turn next time.  There’s also shorthanded “sit n go”, usually having 5 or 6 players, with the top two making money.  Couple that with satellites and “sit n go” games are gaining popularity world wide.

A typical “sit n go” game has a player entering for a fixed buy-in plus a small fee (usually around 10%) going to house.  It’s a different method but basically the same as the house rake most poker players are familiar with.

When the tournament begins each player is given the same amount of chips, however, they aren’t money chips, more like tokens (a method to keep score), and represent who wins and loses.

At the end of the term, those outlasted (or out playing) the others receive their share of the cash prize, and it’s the most common form of sit n go you’ll find.  Payouts are usually distributed as follows:

1st place gets 50% of the prize pool
2nd second place gets 30%
3rd third place gets 20%

It’s a fast-paced game with blinds being raised every 10 minutes, this puts pressure on every player and prevents someone from sitting on the side lines waiting for pocket aces.

Another great thing about sit n go is the number of games, you can usually find an available game (on-line) at any moment of the day or night, so if you bust out of one game, you can step right into another.  If your experienced, you’ll find a lot of weak players at sit n go games (hint, hint), since usually they don’t like waiting for a ring game.

For me, an average player, I like sit n go, knowing I’m only risking the buy-in, which differs greatly from a cash game that can quickly send you running for the ATM.  With sit n go, I’m never risking more than the buy-in.

Any game of poker, from a five dollar buy in, to the World Series of Poker, is a blend of skill, luck, and reading your opponent.  With sit n go, you’ll have plenty of hands (and multiple games) to test you skill, increase your odds and you’ll always know you’re only risking what you can afford to lose.

Of course, if you’re like most poker players (me), you have no intention of losing, and will be looking to make the cash.

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