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Super-Hyper Turbo SNG's (with antes)

By: king_spadez1 @ 11:26 (EDT) / 223 / Comment ( 0 )

There's a game most grinders might shy away from, because it doesn't allow time to play skillfully.  And, tight players should never venture onto its structured felt.  A game most might see as the Maniacs heaven, and others would only qualify it as, a pure game of chance.  This game has 2 minutes levels, and starts with antes.  Mix in a few Eastern European countries, and hold on to your hats, the chips are going to be flying.  So why play such a game of chance?  It's not as haphazard as you might first think.  In fact it's a beatable game, once you understand the way it works.

It seems each winter, since I have a little extra time to play poker, I find a new game that intrigues me.  This year it's 9 Max Super-Hyper Turbo SNG's.  It's bad enough you only start with 500 chips (25BB), but it gets worse because of the 10% antes which start at level one.  Add to that the two minute levels, and you have a game that is fast, and furious!  In fact, the average game lasts only around 18 minutes.

When I first started playing this Super-Hyper format, I was a bit shell-shocked, and couldn't understand how anyone could ever truly be a consistent winner at these games.  I thought you wouldn't be able to maintain an hourly win rate compared to other games, which allowed a skillful player an edge.  After reviewing my 1st month of games, I realized I was flipping too much at the lower levels, and getting knocked out in last place to often.  My flipping range was tight, and I was usually getting it in good (the upper side of the flip), but even with an edge you're still out of the tourney 45% of the time.  Even if you won the battle, the chips earned weren't always going to get you to the money, unless you were able to win another flip later on.  There has to be a better way to attack these type of tourneys.

Like any other type of poker game, you have to know your opponents tendencies, and pick the spots that best help you gain chips.  Another important aspect of this type of game, is to always be aware of the stack sizes around the table.  Players get short, and very short, rather quickly.  At level 4 (after 6 minutes), if you haven't played a hand, you will only have around a 7BB stack.  A 7BB stack isn't as bad as you might think, as long as others are also in the same range.  Many times a 7BB stack will be in a potential payout position, vs. other 2BB stacks that are forced to act with any two cards (ATC).

When you are on the short end of the stick (so to speak), you are hoping to find a way to out of the hole, and must be aggressive.  With antes involved in the game, weather you have a 2.5BB stack, or facing one, you are always getting the right odds to push, or call, with ATC, blind vs. blind.  As the button, you may want to try to isolate a 2.5BB big blind, with ATC.  Of course, this move needs to consider the small blind's tendencies, and your current status in the game.

In conclusion, after making the needed corrections, to patch a couple of leaks, I'm maintaining a two buy-in per hour profit.  I didn't think this would be possible, considering the high built in variance, a game such as this has.  Give it a try, start by playing the play money version.  I hope you enjoy the fast pace, and high octane, super-hyper turbos offer, as much as I do.

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