Pivot Points

What are pivot points?

Back when I was learning how to play 9-player sit and go’s for the first time, I quickly came to realize that the way most players discussed ICM decisions in a sit and go was simply not helping me to improve my game.

Question: I am sitting in the Big Blind and facing a shove from a player on the button.  I have a 10BB effective stack and am holding ATo. Should I call?

Now this is a fairly simple question to answer using Sit and Go Wizard if you know the shover’s range.  However as a beginner this is not information that you are yet aware of.  So if you go ask an expert their usual response is… “The Button is usually shoving with 25% of their range here so you should call.”

Unfortunately the next problem is that as a beginner this information simply does not make any sense.  Why is the player shoving with this range?  Will they ever change this range?  What if they are in the Cutoff instead, is this still a good range?

Range is a very difficult concept for a beginning player to master. Often in an attempt to get better a beginning player will develop a mish-mash strategy of different advice for spots in different situations.  Faced with a situation that appears similar they will undoubtedly rely on whatever advice they can remember, often making poor decisions as a result of the fact that they don’t understand how to evaluate ranges.

Pivot points solve this problem!  Pivot points give a player a complete basic strategy for how to handle the most common problems they will face in a Sit and Go.  They are a complete strategy for the situations that you will face in any phase of the tournament.  Using the concept of Pivot Points in my private coaching, I have turned complete beginners and players struggling to improve their game into winning players in a period of only a few weeks of private coaching.

If you are struggling to learn how to play Sit and Gos, or are already playing pretty well but still finding a lot of mistakes in Sit and Go Wizard, Pivot Points are the fastest way to build a solid foundation for improving your game.

One of the main questions I get about Pivot Points is “Will learning pivot points help me to beat low stakes but hurt my game in the long run?”  My unequivocal answer to this is no.

In fact, Pivot Points properly applied will teach you one of the most fundamentally important concepts in playing Sit and Go’s, how to adjust on the fly.  Any rigidly applied strategy would undoubtedly stunt a players growth, and in the long run be exploitable as that player tried to reach the mid and high stakes.  However, Pivot Points are a dynamic strategy.  Pivot points are carefully designed to provide guidance to a player as they are considering making in game adjustments. They also provide a starting range to adjust from so that you will never be too far off the optimal adjustment.

Poker is all about making fewer and less severe mistakes than your opponent and Pivot Points make finding a good range and adjusting it to optimally attack your opponents easier.  I believe that this is essentially how expert players think about the game.  They understand the basic ranges and learn to adjust to in game conditions on the fly.  Pivot points will help you to develop this skill and think like an expert player. Fortunately, I have now published my entire Pivot Point strategy for 9-player SNG’s in my new Ebook, “Crushing Online Sit and Go’s.” This book teaches you everything you would need to know to beat 9-player SNG’s, but more importantly, it teaches you how to develop your own custom Pivot Points using SNG Wizard.

Still not convinced?  Check out the video I made for Drag the Bar, for an in depth discussion as well as some information on how I construct pivot points.  I think Pivot Points could seriously change the way you look at solving problems in sit and gos and help you take your game to the next level.

- zerosum79

  • Posted on 23. September 2012
  • Written by zerosum79
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