How to burst the bubble in a poker sit & go?


How well you play the bubble in a Sit & Go will be a driver of your profitability

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Only 4 players left, you have to be active.
Do not expect to make your way to the money by staying out of the frenzy. Its always a push or fold (if you are not the cheapleader). You need to master the ICM concept here.
If you are the cheapleader you can keep stealing from middle stacks mostly.
If you are the small stack you have a great fold equity against medium stacks which are waiting for the cheaplead to take you out. You can go all in with marginal hands like Kx, Q8+, 22+, 67+s except against the cheapleader in which case you will need stronger hands (77+, A10+, KQ+).
If you have a medium stack attack your sibblings (other medium stacks) or wait for the shortstack to get eliminated.

OVERALL STRATEGY :

  • Forget about postflop game
  • With a decent stack if BB is called or raised you should fold even with a strong hand
  • If you have a small stack you should leverage the fold equity
  • Do not expect to make your way to the money by staying out of the frenzy. Its always a push or fold (if you are not the cheapleader). You need to master the ICM concept here.

HANDS OPENING BASED ON THE POSITION :

  • Playing the bubble is really complex (a full book could be written on it).
  • Exploit the  »bubble factor » (or again the fear of busting).This bubble factor is even more important for 2 players at the table (the 2 middle stacks).
  • If you are chipleader (>30 BB) at that time you should use your stack to agress the table and try to weaken the middle stacks essentially. Always re-raise those 2 players with a 2,5 to 3BB raise. Always try to steal the small stack blinds remaing careful if he tries to stop your steal attempts by raising all-in. Sooner or later he will make a mistake against you or the other players. The general idea when you are chipleader is to try and make the bubble last as long as possible. Avoid as much as you can to call a pre-flop all in.
  • If you are one of the two intermediary stack (between 10 and 20BB) you will have to focus on your counterpart at the table (the 2nd middle stack). Steal his blinds and avoid confrontations with the small stack or or wait for the shortstack to get eliminated.
  • If you are the small stack (<10BB) take risks and raise all in even with marginal hands (Kx, Q8+, 22+, 67+s). Avoid the cheapleader unless you hold stronger hands (77+, A10+, KQ+).
  • At the bubble AKs is a hand that can be folded to an  »ALL IN »

AGRESSION :

  • If the small stack raised all-in and has been called and if the small stack represents less than a 1/3 of your own stack and you have a hand with a good potential you should also go all-in to increase the chances of busting the small stack and striking an ITM
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