Ignoring SitNGo Wizard when playing Texas Hold’em

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Posted on 07/08/2020

Using tools to enhance your poker game is great – to a point

After looking at some of the tools available to poker players to better their game, it is important that you are clear on the purpose of adopting a new tool and how and when you will use it. For instance, SitNGo Wizard is a tool that all SNG grinders will use at some point because it helps the player learn critical aspects of the game like push/fold situations and more. However, everything in excess is bad, and some players end up abusing the use of this tool, which can become the main decision-maker during a game of Texas Hold’em. This is often a huge mistake because the program has its faults, so you need to make some adjustments to make the most out of it.

There are several reasons that should encourage you to ignore recommendations from SitNGo Wizard and not only use it because of the fact that it can calculate the hands that you should be calling or shoving. One of the reasons is that these calculations are being made solely based on stack sizes and ranges, which leaves outside other aspects of the game. For instance, fold equity, which is an important aspect of the decision-making process; it can’t tell you how much fold equity you have, don’t have or may lose in the future.

The other reason why the program suggestion can be ignored is that it can’t calculate the table dynamics. In some cases, SitNGo Wizard will tell you that it’s better to push or fold, but without considering things like spots taken, stack distribution/placement, or meta-game, when, depending on the circumstances, it might be best to do the exact opposite.

Recognizing the spots where the tool fails is not always easy, but it can be improved with practice. One way to get better at it is to study your hand histories to spot those situations in which you could have done something other than what the tool suggested and with a better outcome.

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