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Spin & Go poker has changed the face of online poker. A large segment of the poker populace have flocked to this three-handed hyper-turbo variant in hopes of winning massive prizes without having to grind for hours on end.

Spin & Gos are a lot of fun but play drastically different than most standard SNGs. For those new to the format, we present five tips to help you win more at Spin & Gos.

Note – These tips are also applicable for other sites that offer Spin & Go style games.

Don’t Get Sucked into All-In Mania

You’re dealt J-4 suited in the big blind of the opening hand of a three-handed Spin & Go and the button open shoves. The small blind then calls. Some players would go ahead and call with their J-4 and hope that they catch lucky and win the game outright on the first hand.

This is an example of “All-In Mania” that you see frequently in hyper-turbo games in the early hands and something you want to avoid in Spin & Go games. You don’t have a reasonable expectation to win with this hand and there’s no reason to make the call. In this spot, you’re completely gambling.

Related: A Poker Player’s Guide To Spin & Go Tournaments

Widen Your Aggression Range to Match Your Hand Range

Most anyone that plays short-handed realizes that you have to open up your range considerably but some don’t make the correlation that you have to also open up your aggression range as well.

A hand that you might just open with should now become a three-betting hand. Hands that you would three-bet with should be hands that you will shove with. Also, you will also want to open-shove a lot more in this format, especially when the blinds start going up.

If you bring the same aggression to these games as you do a standard Sit & Go, you will find yourself struggling, so turn that aggression up to 11 and go for it.


Don’t Be Afraid to Shove (or Call a Shove) With a Draw

Since Spin & Gos are primarily winner takes all games, you’re going to have to gamble more than in other games. As such, don’t be afraid to put in your chips or call a shove with a draw.

By this, we are meaning a flush draw or an open ended straight draw. You still don’t want to be chasing after four outs to catch a gutter ball. On the flop, a flush draw will complete 36% of the time. An open ended straight will catch 32% of the time. If you have a gutshot draw with flush draw, you will catch 48% of the time. (This means how often your hand will complete, not the odds of actually winning the hand.)

You want to be the aggressor whenever possible as this gives you fold equity as well. In many of these games, you’re going to be forced to gamble so why not do so with a solid chance of winning the hand or the game.

You’re Not REQUIRED to Play Every Hand Heads-Up

Some people have the misguided idea that you have to play every single hand heads-up. While it is true that you will play a majority of hands during heads-up play, you don’t have to play them all just because this is a hyper-turbo.

Don’t be afraid to dump the hands at the lower end of the spectrum, especially if you have a solid chip lead or if the blinds are still relatively low compared to your stack. Trying to play 6-2 off in hopes of catching a miracle flop is just going to cost you chips you can’t afford to give away in this format.

Practice Smart Bankroll Management

If you’re going to play Spin & Go tournaments on a regular basis, you’re going to want to pay careful attention to bankroll management. Typically, one should have a bankroll of about 20 to 30 buy-ins when playing online SNG tournaments.

Due to the variance involved with Spin & Gos, you will want to consider a much more cautious bankroll. We recommend a minimum of double the standard bankroll when playing Spin & Gos.

If you normally employ a 20 to 30 buy-in bankroll, up that to 40 to 60 buy-ins. For example, if you play $1 Spin & Gos, you want a bankroll of $40 to $60 to start. This will allow for the swings that are guaranteed to come without the chance of going broke.

For those of you that put in a high volume of Spin & Gos, we recommend a much more cautious bankroll approach. Somewhere in the area of 4x the standard rule of thumb. This means 80 to 120 buy-ins. That would be $80 to $120 for $1 Spin & Gos.

If you find that you’re still steadily draining your roll with this type of management, consider dropping down in stakes from where you’re playing.

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.