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Spin&Go game strategy


In this material we will consider a basic game strategy in tournaments with a lottery prize pool and will talk about tactical features of this discipline with different stacks.

Since Spin & Go or simply "Spins" were launched on PokerStars in October 2014, a lot of players have been able to hit the jackpot that changed their lives.

Appearance of the maximum multiplier at your table depends on luck but working on the game and learning the format strategy will help you to have a good income even without a top multiplier.

The format of the Spin & Go tournaments is similar to a usual Sit & Go but the "spins" are much more attractive to the masses due to a constantly changing prize pool.

Features of the lottery Sit-and-Go tournaments:

  • As a rule, there are 3 players in the game (4 players are only in Blast-tournaments on 888Poker).
  • The starting stacks of players are 25 big blinds.
  • A winner of the tournament takes the whole prize pool.
  • Players who take the second and the third places get a payout only if a multiplier in the tournament is large (x100, x200, x3 000, x10 000) but their prizes are always significantly less than the winner's one.
  • The prize pool appears before the game starts. The deals between players are prohibited.

The most common multiplier in all versions of this format is x2 (the winner gets a doubled buy-in).

In all rooms, which offer the format of lottery tournaments, there are certain differences in the structure of the blinds growth, multipliers and the format. For instance, in Blast tournaments on 888Poker 4 players participate in the game, who go all-in automatically when fixed time ends.

The game skill with a short stack is crucial in a Spin & Go strategy. Waiting for a premium hand and a passive playing on the first levels of the blinds is a huge mistake which inexperienced players make in this format.

It is impossible to win by playing tight in Spin & Go

You should understand that there are only 25 big blinds in your stack and the levels are growing every 3 minutes. Therefore, when you wait for a strong starting hand, it may be too late and there will be only 2-3 big blinds in your stack. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you have to open 100% of your range but a spectrum of your opening has to be wide enough. This is especially related to a button and steals from a small blind.

A range of opening from the button in Spin & Go

Button range in Spin&Go

Steal range from the small blind

Small blind range in Spin&Go

It is notable that the most common and profitable game tactic from the small blind is a limp.


BTN: 25 BB

Hero (SB): 25 BB

BB: 25 BB

Preflop:  Hero has  10♦7♣

BTN fold, Hero calls 0.5 BB, BB checks

Flop:  2♠ 9♣ 5 ♥

Hero bets 1.2 BB, BB fold

The tactic of limps (or so-called small-ball) is used by the best players of Spin & Go. It is especially popular in heads-up of a tournament, when players have very tiny stacks. With the help of this tactic a player on the small blind (in heads-up – on the button) can see a flop cheaply and he can even make a profitable bet at any board and take a pot immediately against a passive opponent.

Don’t open with a raise of 3 blinds

The raise of 2 blinds is enough for your opponent to make a fold.

Like you, your opponent has quite a short stack and his decision will not depend on whether you post 3 or 2 blinds.

If there is no difference, then why to pay more?

When stealing from the small blind against the big one, you can make a raise of 2.5 BB in order to increase fold-equity a little.

Make a fold against the tight players more often

There are still a lot of players in these tournaments who play very tight and make re-steals only with the top of their range.

It is profitable for you to open almost 100% of the hands against them and just to take the blinds.

But remember, when they show aggression, you need to muck easily everything that doesn’t reach the top 15% of your range. Such tactics will help you not to pay for their strong hands.

Practice in a push-fold game

When 8-9 big blinds are left in your stack, then you cannot use the raise/fold tactic anymore and you definitely cannot play hands postflop. The only possible options for you are push or fold. There are a lot of programs on the Internet that will help you to learn the right push-fold strategy.

A top-pair (even without a kicker) is always good

Even a medium pair with a good kicker is quite a strong hand in Spin & Go. Now the small-ball tactics, which has been spoken above, enter the game.

You have to use a check/call tactic with medium hands more often in order to catch opponents’ bluffs.

The boards like A T 3 or K 9 4 will suit you perfectly for this. Your opponent will not often have hands stronger than your medium pair at such boards.

Play aggressively with a draw

If your flop-equity is 30% and more (a flush-draw with a hit, a flush-draw and a gutshot, a straight-draw), then you have to play as aggressively as possible and to put all your chips into a pot as soon as possible.

This tactic will help to maximize your equity and it is a key to a successful Spin & Go game.

Spin &Go discipline is highly dispersive and it requires a substantial approach to the bankroll management. In order to find out how many buy-ins you need for a comfortable game, you have to determine your ROI. You can do this after the first thousand of played tournaments.

Until you accumulate a necessary distance for determining your ROI, your bankroll has to contain at least 200 buy-ins for a limit.

You can start with low limits (up to 7$) in order to find out what advantage you have over opponents and what adjustments you need to make on your strategy if you don’t have the advantage. Also, you can approximately determine your ROI at a limit and understand whether you are able to move to a higher limit. Remember that the higher a limit is, the more buy-ins you must have in reserve. This is also related to your ROI:

  • ROI 1-2% - 400-500 buy-ins.
  • ROI from 3% up to 5% - 200 buy-ins.
  • ROI from 5% and higher - 150 buy-ins for a limit will be enough for you.

Your ROI in tournaments depends on how often you are in a prize zone. In spins this indicator is equal to the number of tournaments you win. After all, only the winner of the tournament gets a payout in most tournaments. Also a lot depends on a rake, which affects your ROI significantly. For instance, you need to win 35.9% of tournaments in Spin & Go tournaments with a buy-in of 1$ in order to have ROI of about 0%.

Correlation chart of a winning and ROI at different limits

In order to achieve ROI of 5% at a limit of 7$, you have to win in 37.3% of the played tournaments. The differences in percentages seem absolutely insignificant. If you win 35% of tournaments, then in best case you will play break even poker. But if you win in 38% of the games, then you are one of the best Spin & Go players in the world.

Probabilities in Spin & Go for 0.25$, 1$ and 3$

Probabilities in Spin&Go for 7$

Probabilities in Spin&Go for 15$ and 30$

Probabilities in Spin&Go for 60$ and 100$

If you want to earn money in Spin&Go tournaments, you have to focus on winning every tournament and worrying less about amount you play for.

Development of a precise strategy, a big played distance and regular work on a game will turn you into a winning player. And if you like a format of lottery Sit-and-Go tournaments and if you want to get a significant rakeback that doesn’t exist on PokerStars, then register in Red Star Poker room with CM25 code right now and play Fish party lottery tournaments!

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