Saturday, November 06, 2004


Single Table Satellites (1)

Right. I am now going to talk about playing live Single Table Satellites, mainly in the US but I suppose it would apply in Europe if you can find one. An alternative title would be "How to Score a Free Holiday in Vegas", so if that interests you, stay tuned !

The basic structure I'm going to work off is 10-handed NL Hold-Em, winner take all, 500 chips to start, 15 minute levels, blinds go 5-15, 10-25, 25-50, 50-100, 100-200, 200-400. It's very unusual for one of these to go past 200-400. Now the first thing you're going to say is "500 chips ? Crapshoot !". Firstly, you're wrong, but secondly, fine, go and play with Lederer and Ivey on an hour long clock, you'll be alright. If long dwell-ups and big laydowns are your idea of poker, you won't find them here, but the money you win is just as real.

For now I will quickly spell out the "four don'ts" of single table satellites (STSs from now on). There are exceptions, with the exception of the last one !

Don't do any of those, follow the short stack strategy below, and there, you're a winner. That didn't take long did it ? Of course we can refine this to become bigger winners, and that's what I'll try to do in the following posts, but that's enough of a start to put you well ahead of 80% of the field.

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