A Sit & Go (SNG) is a type of poker tournament that is made up of a preset number of entrants and only commences once this number has been met. SNGs typically range anywhere from 2 to 360 players. However, the most common types are single-table tournaments (STTs) of either 6 players (6-Max) or 9 players (9-Max).
Unlike multi-table tournaments (MTTs), there's no have late registration. You're either in or you'll have to wait for the next one to fill up. They start as soon as all seats are filled and play until a winner is crowned.
There are lots of types of SNG including, speed (turbo, super turbo, etc.), tournament types (bounty, knockout, double or nothings, etc.) and number of tournament players.
In 6-Max SNGs, the top 2 players cash, while in 9-Max SNGs, the top 3 finishers cash. But you'll want the top spot because that's where they real money's at.
Sit & Go tournaments are the easiest way to help you get a basic understanding of the game of poker. They don't last very long (usually only 30-60 minutes depending on the SNG type). They're an easy tournament type to "multi-table" because you can play them straightforward. They can be a simple and easy way to help build up a bankroll.
Payouts are often minimal and low compared to the buy-in. Winners won't receive anything near the amount that MTT winners receive (due to the number of runners). They excitement level can be less than big money MTTs or real cash games.
If you're new to poker, Sit & Go's will help give you a great, basic overall understanding of the game. You'll quickly learn (through repetition) which hands will make you money, and when to continue in a hand or let it go (fold), after the flop.
Because Sit & Go play is quite automatic most of the way, more experienced players may find it easier to multi-table these tournaments. And, the more tables you play – and play well – the quicker you can build a bankroll with SNGs.