What is ‘Sit-and-Go’?
‘Sit-and-go’ refers to a kind of poker tournament where rounds are played quickly and players join the tables they choose, depending on the buy-in rate they prefer. Players are eliminated from the tables as they lose their chips and new players are quickly brought in to fill games, or the games play to ‘last man standing’ or ‘knockout’ rules and players move up the ranks.
In poker, contests and tournaments are extremely popular. These are special games with multiple rounds, in which players are compelled to stay for the duration (or as long as they have chips, in the case of a knockout match) and where there is usually one or a few overall winners. In tournament play, the players are not usually playing for direct cash – the chips in play have no value outside of the contest, and the buy-in rate is just the fee for the game. However, there will be cash prizes for the winner and possibly for the players who rank in the top positions.
‘Sit-and-go’ poker is a form of poker tournament in which players can join tables when there is space, and there are usually several tables on the go with different stakes and play styles. This sort of contest is usually played to elimination rules – that is, the players are aiming to knock out the rest of the table and hold all the chips, at which point they usually progress to the next round and play the winners of other tables. Like most contest games, players can usually rejoin after being eliminated but they will be subject to the buy-in rate again.
Sit-and-go games are popular with tournament beginners because they play quickly and the rules are easy to follow. There is usually a wide mix of skill levels amongst sit-and-go players. Games last for less time than standard poker and there is more emphasis put on the later rounds, where the stakes are higher and competition gets stronger.