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Make "Money" Playing Texas Holdem Sit-n-Go!

Updated on November 22, 2009
The Elusive Royal Flush
The Elusive Royal Flush

Texas Holdem is fun! Or is it?

So you wanna be a big time poker star! I am not one, but I have figured out a way to make a profit in 9-player Sit-n-Go tournaments! By "profit" I mean leaving the table with more money than you paid to enter the game! To do this consistently requires patience. Impatient players do not win at poker consistently. If you are willing to spend a lot more time folding than playing, you can leave the table in 3rd place or better more often than not! Only 3rd or better is required to make a profit on your buy-in and have made your time worth it.

Sit-n-Go Payout Rules

On Zynga Poker, which is available to users of social networking sites such as Facebook, Sit-n-Go tournaments start with nine players. The 3rd place player wins 20% of the total buy-in, 2nd place 30% and 1st place 50%. No "real money" is paid out by Zynga Poker, so it's a good place to practice and not risk your rent payment! (Which I would not suggest you do anyway!) Other sites have the same rules for 9-Player rooms, but they also have six and four player rooms with different pay-out rules. The methods I describe here are strictly for 9-Player Texas Holdem Sit-n-Go games and DO NOT apply to Shootouts or other poker games!

How to "not play" to win!

I'll assume you already know basically how Texas Holdem works. In Zynga Poker, the starting dealer is always to the left of the very bottom center seat. The first person in the room will take that seat, of course. Get the seat you can closest to the right of the dealer. You want a lot of hands to go by before you have to pay blinds and play at all!

Fold like you just washed a weeks worth of laundry!

Fold every hand you do not have to put money into! Especially when a game first starts, you do not want to waste your calls on the idiots that are going to go all-in or raise a lot before any cards ever show on the table! It's tempting to bet a lot when you have a pair or a couple of face cards, but save your coins! Right now your goal is not to loose more than trying to win! Keep folding the hands you can until all the idiots weed themselves out and leave the table! The only time you will call a LOW bet is if you have a really good starting hand and the bets are still low. When the first three cards come on the table and don't help your hand, then fold!

Remember, we just want to at least make it to 3rd place! You won't do that risking your coins when you don't have to! Be patient and let the eager players beat themselves off the table!

Check please!

Eventually you will have to pay blinds, since you're still in because you finished folding all your laundry! On your large blind, check if no else has raised. You're already out the coins to pay the blind and checking is always free! If you have a good hand and no one raised a lot, go ahead and call. If some one bet a lot or went all-in then fold. If you stay in and still don't have a good hand after the first three cards come on the table fold! We're still trying to make it to 3rd place, so stay protective of your coins!

Last Call (and raise)!

Here is when you will prudently stay in a hand. After you have done everything above and you find yourself holding a good, winnable hand after the first three cards have come down, stay in! Hopefully you have a good three of a kind, a full house, a flush or a straight. A high two of a kind may be worth staying in for. One pair is a fold.. Have a good hand already there before you continue to stay in! Do not depend on one of the last two cards making your hand!! The chances are slim!

Poker Pitfalls To Avoid!

The biggest pitfalls to poker players are impatience and over-confidence. When you play very defensively like I do, you will fold more than play. Keep these tips in mind for any poker game:

Never go all-in just because you were dealt two aces! I've seen a lot of people go all-in holding two aces or other high cards. Two aces is still just ONE PAIR and will do nothing for you if a guy holding a 6 and a 9 gets a full house after all the cards are down!

Don't keep putting money into a losing hand! Maybe you stayed in and called when you should've folded.. If you see you're not likely to win, FOLD! Staying with a bad hand just cost you more coins.

Don't second guess yourself! You WILL see you have folded hands that you would've won had you stayed in. The chances of the wining cards coming down for you were slim and you made the right choice.. You'll get it back!

Don't get angry! Bad beats and mouthy players can cause you to make poor decisicions. Don't let it get to you! This is supposed to be fun, right?

Remember it is a game of chance! And although it is a game of chance, some commen sense and keeping in mind the odds can give you a better winning percentage!  Still, don't take a bad loss hard!

NEVER GAMBLE YOUR BILL MONEY!  If you try out a "real money" poker site, please only use recreational income to play poker!  NEVER depend on winning at gambling for needed income!

Have FUN!

I hope these tips will help you enjoy the game more! 

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      7 years ago

      Great advice :)

      I have been playing like this for years and win ~200K a day

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      7 years ago

      When I read this, I found almost every tip i already followed! but there were like 1 or 2 i didn't know. so thanks for that!!

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      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Hi - I really liked your hub so I gave you a link from my hub, it is under Texas Hold Em Tournament

      when they click on Texas Hold Em Tournament it takes them to your hub.

      Anyway I look forward to following you and I hope you will return the favor by giving me a link sometime.

      Thanks & God-Bless

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      7 years ago from Romania

      Great for beginners i guess :) +1 Usefulness. Good luck

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      7 years ago

      great tips,i just don't agree on folding good hands

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      7 years ago

      Awesome tips....Now I know how to play....

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      7 years ago

      Does Zynga Poker has a version for Android phones?

      I used to play the Facebook version long time and wish i could do it with my cell phone.

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      Scratch cards online 

      7 years ago

      "Don't keep putting money into a losing hand! Maybe you stayed in and called when you shouldn't folded.. If you see you're not likely to win, FOLD! Staying with a bad hand just cost you more coins."

      I am not sure that this is a rull for life. It depends on the other players on the table at each given time.

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      7 years ago

      lol wtf??? Tips? And all the monkeys saying thanks? OMGGGG!!! Thanks for giving out those tips though, now the fish are even more fishier!!!!

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      7 years ago

      these tips are for people who don't know how to play poker... if you read and watch pros you know not to play this conservatively... although i agree with playing tight to make it to the last 3 i still don't think you should fold supreme hands preflop.

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      8 years ago

      I've known this for a long time before I even read this article. Good way of making $$ in zynga poker. Another point to note is - when the blinds are higher, and only 2 people are playing, you can bluff smart. But most of the times, you fold smart.

    • JMFConsulting profile image


      8 years ago

      Really nice tips! I'd say everything is right on. I do well when I'm exercising patience, but the minute I find that impatience setting in, I take a break! I'm able to successfully win a considerabe number of SNGs daily. And I only go ALL-IN with AAs when forced in that point I'm at the favorite and I just have to hope the hold up. Good skill and luck at the tables!

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      8 years ago from Hamiton, Ontario, Canada

      You bring up some good points. I find the best tip is the one about how to make a profit consistently requires patience. Impatient players do not win at poker consistently. In my case I realize this but sometimes find it hard to just sit there and wait for those perfect cards to be dealt. If I wait too long and those perfect cards aren't dealt to me I start to play hands I normally wouldn't. Then I get caught in situations I shouldn't even be in. Then I start to lose chips. Then I start to get upset. Then if it continues I start to go into tilt mood. Then all in on some useless hand. Then out of the tournament. You can see how it starts to snowball.

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      Greg R 

      8 years ago

      Question" How do you counter the obnoxious and mean-spirited players who show up at the table with a huge stack and routinely bumps the bey 5 + times the bb preflop? Seems Vegas draws a lot of these@#$%^ at the $1/2 tables.

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      suky b 

      8 years ago

      Great advice, many thanks for the tips!!!

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      Rush Poker 

      8 years ago

      Great Tips. These also apply to rush poker. Awesome advice though, thank you. Off to work on my game!

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      8 years ago

      Good Luck Monkeys

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      8 years ago


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      Steve 3.0 

      8 years ago from Cornwall UK

      Some good advice. I used to fold everything at the start but now I will try and see a flop in late position if it is cheap. The blinds are small at the start and some of the players are bad. It's a good time to get a lot of chips. I would go all in with aces if the blinds were big and I didn't have enough chips to make people fold. That's what I like about poker, there are lots of different ways to win.

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      8 years ago

      nice tips!! like the "Never go all-in just because you were dealt two aces!" i see many allins even with ace king.....


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