Guide to Reshoving in Sit n Go Tournaments

One tactic that will separate you from other players, as well as boost your ROI, is the reshove.

The reshove is a 3-bet all-in on your part after someone opens in front of you. This is a tactic reserved for the later stages of the tournament when we have 10-20 big blinds left, and the amount that is in the pot before we reshove makes up a large portion of our stack.

Why Do We Reshove?

There are several reasons why we would want to reshove on someone:

  • Since there is so much (dead) money in the pot, when we reshove and win, we add a significant amount of chips to our stack. It’s not uncommon to increase our stack by 50% or more. This is huge for the endgame.
  • If an opponent that has a slightly bigger stack than we do opens, we could very well take the chip lead and momentum by reshoving.
  • To abuse situations such as the bubble.

These are my primary reasons for reshoving. Our goal should be to build our stack and abuse the other players at the table.

The Math Behind Reshoving

When I say “math,” I don’t want you to think there are some crazy equations or anything. I just want to show you why we should be reshoving and how it’s profitable for us to do so, with numbers.

So for example, say you have 3,000 chips at 100/200/25. There is 525 in the pot already, and then an opponent in front of you min raises to 400, for a grand total of 925 in the pot. This is the equivalent to 33% of your stack.

If we shove here, we have to win 3 out of 4 times to break even. If you are sure you have fold equity in a spot like this – your opponent is capable of folding and has a stack that allows him to fold – then I’m confident that getting folds 75% of the time is possible.

Say you do get folds 75% of the time. That means the other 25% of the time you have to run it. Any win here is profit.

This probably wasn’t the best example because of how close it is. Just know that the more chips that are in the pot, and the more fold equity that you think you have, the more profitable that reshoving will be. For another example, say that there is 50% of your stack in the pot. You’d only have to win 2/3 times to break even. If you think you can still get folds 3 out of 4 times like before, that means roughly 9% is profit right off the bad, not even taking into account that you’ll profit some the last 25% that you have to race.

When to Reshove

So, when should we reshove?

Whenever we want.

Ha, I’m joking. As I said earlier, we should wait to shove until the later stages of the tournament, preferably when there are antes. At that point our stack is short enough and the pots big enough that winning the pots would be substantial.

From here we need to pick our spots carefully.

The first thing I consider when deciding whether I want to reshove is my opponent – is he any good or is he a fish? A good player can be tricky because they could very well know that opening in their position would create enough dead money for us to want to reshove. In other words, they’re going to snap-call a reshove and show up with a hand that crushes ours. If you know this opponent is capable of that, then tighten up your reshove range, or don’t bother at all. On the other hand, if your opponent is bad, you need to decide if they’re loose (passive/aggressive) or tight (passive/aggressive) and act accordingly. The bottom line is if you think you’re going to get called, then you probably shouldn’t reshove.

The next thing that I look at is the stack size. If your opponent opens and they didn’t have many chips to begin with, they’re more likely to call your reshove compared to someone who raised with only 12 big blinds left. The deeper the stack, the more they have to lose, thus the more likely they are to fold.

Last, I look at the specific situation. If there are a bunch of short stacks then shoving is likely to be more successful. The bubble is another spot. Other than being setup or against an extremely loose fish, then reshoving will work frequently.

All-in-all, the point here is that we need fold equity. You need to make sure that your opponents are capable of folding, for one reason or another.

How to Adjust for Reshoves On Us

Now that you have a better idea when to reshove on other players, that will make it much easier to recognize when we might be reshoved on ourselves.

For example, say we have 4 players left to act to our left, all of whom have about 12 big blinds. If the blinds were 100/200/25 and there was 525 in the pot and we put 400 more in it for a total of 925, then the pot makes up about 40% of their stack (925/2400). Ask yourself one thing – would you reshove here?

Uh, yeah.

So we have to determine whether or not these guys are capable of reshoving or not. If not, feel free to open as usual. If so, then you need to tighten up your opening range some. Just keep in mind that when you open and create dead money, players are more likely to reshove on you.

Now, when you figure that out, what you ought to do is set your opponents up. Open up pots knowing that your opponents will reshove on you, and then snap call them. If the player is pretty good, you might be surprised to find that they show up with a wide range, and are just trying to take advantage of the fold equity I talked about above.