Position is without a doubt the most important aspect of super turbo sng poker. Your position is by far the biggest factor in determining your push range, which is a very key component of super turbo sit and go’s. For example, it is not a smart play to push (A,J) from first position in the first hand of a super turbo sng, but it is the right play to push (A,J) from the cut-off position at this same point in the tournament.
In super turbo sit and go’s most of the action occurs pre-flop so the big blind acts last during this rotation. Position is so important because the later you act the more information you have about the hand and you can adjust your play accordingly.
For example, if you have (A,10) on the button in the first level and the action folds to you this is an obvious push. However, if a player has already gone in from early position then this becomes an automatic fold. This is because the player’s range from early position is very small and their hand is very likely ahead of (A,10) at this point.
As the blinds increase and players bust out of the sit and go your range from pushing range from each position should increase. As should your calling range in certain positions versus players pushes from certain positions. Knowing when to push is fairly straight forward. If nobody has moved in ahead of you then you can pretty much know exactly which hands to push from which positions at which levels. However, knowing when to call is much more difficult. When you are deciding whether to call a push from an opponent who acted before you, you need to take into account their position and their possible range of hands from that position (and stack size) AND you need to take into account your position (and stack size) and how many players are still to act after you who you have no information on.
For example, let’s say the table is down to 6-handed and the blinds are at 30/60. For this example we will assume that each player has 450 chips. You are in the hijack position with (K,Q) and the player directly to your right moves all-in. You were obviously going to push had he not, but now you have to decide whether to call. In this situation you should likely lay the hand down because there are still 3 players to act behind you, any of which could have a huge hand like (A,A). If you were in the big blind and you had this same decision the correct decision may have been a call because you know it’s just going to be a two way pot.
It is important to use any knowledge you have in super turbo tournaments and your position allows you to do this. If you are in better position there are fewer unknowns and you can make a better play with the information you have. If you are in early position you should really just be playing premium hands. For example, optimal strategy suggest that from first position in the first level of a super turbo sit and go, you only push with (10,10), (J,J), (Q,Q), (K,K), (A,A) or (A,K).
Position is extremely important in super turbo sit and go’s so make sure you always know what position you are in and what the correct play would be from that position.