As most of you already know, I’ve been playing heads up sit and gos for nearly 7 years now – moving up from the $5 buy-ins all the way to the $220 buy-in level. I’ve also played a variety of different formats; from regular speeds, to turbos and now hyper turbos. Here are the top 3 reasons why you should be playing heads up sit and gos right now if you aren’t already. And if you are, why you should be playing the hyper turbo format.
#1 Each game only takes a few minutes from start to finish.
Convenience. That’s exactly how I got into heads up sit and gos myself, actually. I was in college at the time, a scholarship athlete playing NCAA baseball, so spare time was very limited for me. I just didn’t have the luxury of being able to sit down and grind tournaments for 8+ hours straight or sit in a cash game. I needed something quick – something that I could play during a 1 hour break between classes or when I had some time off before practice. Seeing that a heads up sit and go only lasted between 5 to 15 minutes from start to finish per game (depending on the format), it was very convenient for me. It’s a great feeling to know that you can open up a few games, play for a little while and then close up and go about my day. I haven’t been able to find that in any other format of online poker.
P.S. Because of the quick nature of a heads up sit and go, it makes it very appealing for a recreational player to play this format because they can win money very quickly…see more on this in reason #3.
#2 Playing more hands means you learn faster.
In a heads up sit and go, you’re involved in EVERY hand. Not only is that way more fun than having to fold your life away at a full ring table, but it also means you learn much more – much faster.
When you’re involved in every decision you have no choice but to think deeper about what you’re doing and who you’re playing against. When you’re playing more hands per hour it also means you’re coming across different situations more frequently and you’re going to be learning how to adjust and play better in these spots much faster – purely through trial and error. Obviously, when you make a mistake in a certain situation and it doesn’t come up again for another 1,000 hands (like at a full ring table), it’s hard to realize what you did wrong and improve on it. However, in a heads up sit and go, since you’re involved in every hand, you’re going to notice the same mistakes over and over and you’re going to adjust to them accordingly. It’s like swinging a golf club…if you buy a bucket of balls and start swinging away, you start to see what works and what doesn’t work. Even without hiring a swing coach, after a while you’ll learn what feels right and what doesn’t, what produces results and what doesn’t. The more balls you hit, the more you learn about yourself and your swing. Same with poker – the more hands you play, the better you get.
Ever wonder how these new online poker players burst on to the scene and catch up to older pros who’ve been playing forever so quickly? It’s simple. They played the same amount of hands in one year by playing online poker than some of these live players did after playing 10 years in live games.
Well, the same thing applies for a heads up sit and gos player, when you compare them to a full ring cash or tourney player. It’s a simple formula: more hands played = more experience in a shorter amount of time.
#3 Ever dream of having a fish all to yourself – playing him 1 on 1? This is your chance.
We’ve all been there: We’re in a cash game and spot that one big fish at the table and think “man I wish I could play him heads up”. Well, once you win a spot in the lobbies for heads up sit and gos most of the players you’re going to be playing against, are fish.
So, you don’t need to be raising or 3 betting to isolate the fish in a cash game anymore – you can now have them all to yourself in a heads up sit and go. And the best part? They can’t just get up and leave after the win 1 hand! “We don’t stop until one of us has it all.” (Teddy KGB voice from Rounders).
As I mentioned in reason #1, a lot of recreational players play heads up sit and gos because they’re quick and fun. They want to play a lot of hands and they can’t do that successfully in a full ring format. Oh, and they don’t have the attention span for an 8+hour tournament either. So when they try a heads up sit and go they fall in love – and get hooked.
Not to mention the fact that a lot of people use them as a way to chase losses. I’ve been there myself actually. Before becoming a heads up sit and go specialist, I would constantly open up a heads up sit and go to chase losses and try to even out a losing session. Down $5 after playing some cash games? No problem, let’s open up a $5 heads up sit and go and try to break even. Lost that one too? Let’s try to break even by playing a $10 game now….and so on. So, not only will you find a lot of fish playing these games…but you’ll find a lot of people on tilt too!
BONUS: The main reason why hyper turbos are the best format to be playing right now.
Besides the fact that the highest number of fish are currently playing in this format (more than turbos or regular speeds…which should be reason enough for you to play this format), you should be playing hyper turbo heads up sit and gos for the following reason:
You start off with less chips (500 chips in a hyper turbo compared to 1500 chips in a turbo), so the value of each Big Blind is worth more in terms of actual monetary value. Follow? Let me explain:
When you buy in to a $50 hyper turbo heads up sit and go, you pay $50 and get 500 chips. The same $50 gets you 1500 chips in a turbo speed. So, if we divide the buy in amount by the number of Big Blinds we receive at the start of the match, we will obviously notice that the value of each blind is worth more when you have less blinds than when you have more blinds.
$50 hyper turbo: starting blinds are 10/20 and you receive 500 chips, therefore giving you 25 big blinds.
$50 turbo: starting blinds are 10/20 and you receive 1500 chips, therefore giving you 75 big blinds.
Comparing the two…
$50 divided by 25 big blinds = $2.00 per big blind
$50 divided by 75 big blinds = $0.67 per big blind
As you can see, by playing hyper turbos you’re playing an opponent for HIGHER STAKES than you would be if you were playing the same opponent at the same buy in level, but in a turbo format. Obviously, if you’re better than the person you’re playing against, you want to be playing them for higher stakes! (Especially when the buy-in is the same)
Lesson: PLAY HYPER TURBOS!
Feel free to comment below and let me know if this article has helped you finally make the change to hyper turbos. Also, if you know someone who’s struggling with the decision to move from turbos to hypers, pass along this article – it could help them.