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A Comedy of Errors

2. Sit and Go Power Tools
Sit and Go Power Tools (SNGPT) could be called the grand-daddy of poker software.
Made famous by Dan Harrington in his ‘Harrington on Holdem’ series and by the 2+2
Forums, this tool fine tunes your play in the later stages of Sit and Go tournaments.
SNGPT works by quantatively assessing many factors relevant to bubble situations. In
addition to your cards these include stack sizes, position, blinds, number of opponents
and the push / fold ranges of your opponents. It will teach you to make more
mathematically correct bubble decisions which in turn should directly affect you’re
finishing in the money percentages – a direct impact on profitability. In addition there are
some excellent tutorials available including ‘Blind Stealing 101’ and ‘Unexploitable
Heads-Up Strategy’. A trial version can be downloaded at http://www.sitngo- The full version costs $79
3. Poker Stove
Poker Stove is a free mini-application that is used to compare starting hands against
ranges of opponent’s hands. For example, you have 10 10 and think your opponent could
have and Ace, any pair or any 2 picture cards – click a couple of buttons and you get the
percentage chance of your hand winning a showdown. This can be expanded for multiple
opponents. Available free at
4. SharkScope
Not really a tool, more of an online database. Sharkscope lets you search for the complete
SNG record of any opponent for PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and a number of other poker
networks. You get 5 free searches each day and there are various payment options for
more. This is extremely valuable information, especially if you play against the same
faces all the time! Available at
Bankroll Management and Bonuses
We need to be clear on one thing; if you are playing any form of online poker without
clearing bonuses you are giving away money, lots of money!! With SNGs in particular
you need to be aware of which sites allow bonus clearing via these games, and focus on
the ones which give the most money back per game. Let us look at an example;
Fred Fish again, he is playing the $5+1’s at partypoker, 1000 of them in fact. He has an
ROI of 10% (winners can expect 20% depending on a number of factors – see below).
Now this means that over 1000 games he is making $1.2 per game or $1200 in total.
However now look at what happens if Fred switches to a site which gives points for each
game played… Poker Site X gives points equivalent to half of your fee when clearing a
bonus; 1000 games * 50c bonus = $500, now Fred’s total is a more respectable $1700 –