About Spin and Win in Zynga Poker
Spin and Win is a new way to play tournaments in Zynga Poker. I am going to go over a strategy you can use to win these games more often. I am going to assume you are familiar with how sit and go tournaments work, to begin with. If you are not here is a great guide to use to learn the format
How Is Spin and Win Different Than Sit and Go Games?
- There only three people instead of five or nine.
- Only first place is paid prize chips.
- The prize pool is random in each game.
- The game progresses faster.
How to Play the Early Game in Spin and Win
Be Cautious at the Start
You want to be very cautious at the start of Spin and Win games. Unless you get the best hand on the board, don’t go all in with both players in the hand. If you do happen to get a great hand, you should be all in by almost all rivers. If you have a chance to end the game early take it. Often at least you will double up and have a great start to the mid and end game.
Observe and Learn How People Are Playing
You will learn a lot about the other players by watching them. Often players will play any two cards and check back a lot postflop. But every once and a while you get an idea of how they play. Here are you some things you want to note about the other players. All of this information can be used to decide how to play the mid game.
Some Things You Can Notice About the Other Players
- Calls every hand preflop
- Raise a lot preflop
- Goes all in over and over preflop
- Makes weak bets with weak hands
- Makes strong bets with weak hands
- Goes all in with nothing. Maniac, bluffer, nonsense hands.
- Note if somebody went all in with a weaker hand but wins anyway.
- Pay attention to what hand is played if another player is knocked out the game.
How to Adjust to the Other Players
What to Do If a Player Is Being a Maniac
If a player is being a nut and just going all in every hand fold until you get a good hand and call. What is a good hand? Well, that depends on how nuts this person really is. If they are really going all in with any two cards, I would call with almost any pair and anything stronger than about QJ+. If they are being somewhat tighter, then you need to be more careful as well.
Deciding When to Go All in Is Hard
Deciding when to go all in is actually pretty complicated in sit and go games. My personal advice is if seems right and you think your hand is better it probably is. If you are wrong, that is fine. You have to take a risk eventually to win. Especially if the other player has doubled up.
What Do If People Are Only Playing Strong Hands
If players are going all in but had a strong hand then be careful. You still somewhat need to observe more to get an idea of how this person plays. Even more so if somebody gets knocked out very early game.
Notice If People Are Playing a Lot of Weak Hands
If you observe players making a lot of weak bets and showdown weak hands call more often. Consider even raising if you see this enough. Some people get overconfident in spin and goes and forget about the survival format. You can punish this by scaring them away from weak hands sometimes. But be careful not to overdo this yourself.
What to Do If Nobody Is Doing Anything at All
If both players seem to be extra tight and not doing much of anything then maybe consider semi-bluffing. When players miss hands postflop, they often will give up and want to move on to the next hand. People rarely will fake weakness. So consider betting on the flop with weaker pairs or with straight and flush draws. If people call you can give up if somebody raises or hand remains weak.
You do not want to semi-bluff too often, or observant players may catch on and start to adjust their game. But a well-timed semi-bluff works great when you spot a good chance to do it. Plus keep in mind eventually your hand will improve to a good hand. Against the right opponent, a semi-bluff may turn into you winning their chip stack. This is why this move is so powerful.
How to Play the Mid Game
Often You Will Be Heads up by Now
Often by now often one of the plays will be knocked out. You should have an idea of how the remaining player plays by now. You were paying attention right?! How to proceed depends on what this player did.
But Not Always
If you are playing with very tight people are both are still in the game mid game this can be quite an annoying situation. Often the end game will become a game of going all in or folding. You may have to wait until the blinds get high and take your chances. This outcome is not ideal, but sometimes games end this way.
How to Play the End Game
What Is the End Game?
What is the end game in a Spin and Win? This very much depends as there are many outcomes possible. To me, the end game is the point when one player has less than 10 big blinds on the table. At this point, these players (if playing optimally) will understand they need to go all in or fold. Not much postflop action should take place.
In reality, most of the time passive players will limp down to their last blind. Don’t be these players. I am going to go over all what you need to do late game to win more often.
Know How Many Big Blinds You Have
First, know how many big blinds you have on the table. In Texas Hold ‘em there is a small and big blind. The big blind is the minimum call you need to play a hand. You divide your current stack by the big blind to find out how many big blinds you currently have? Not a fan of math? Pull out a calculator and check that way.
About the M Ratio
There is also the concept of the M Ratio. This system was created by poker player Dan Harrington. I personally don’t use this system. But if you are curious, you can find out more here. M is another way of keeping track of how you are doing in a sit and go tournament.
The Biggest Mistake People Make End Game
One of the huge mistakes beginners make is they don’t make decisions in sit and goes before their stack gets too low. You can only win chips up to your stack size. You could make a Royal Flush on the flop, but you still will be small stacked if that is how you started the hand. It would have been better to take a risk earlier and potentially win more chips.
Remember you need to finish in first place to win anything. Finishing in second place gets you nothing for your time. Sometimes you will take chances hands and lose. It is better to get knocked out with a hand that has a chance of winning than to wait until you have no chance at all. This is how sit and go games work.
Of course, be careful. I am not saying you can sweep mistakes under the rug with this logic. This only applies if you are sure the play was the right thing. This takes a lot of time playing poker to get an idea of.
With Less Than 10 Blinds Be Ready to Go All In
By the time you get down to less than 10 big blinds either go all in preflop or fold. Take no other actions. At this point, I will go all in with any pair, ace, king, and some queen hands. Don’t overthink how strong the hand is at this point. Click all in and watch the results. Now if somebody raised or went all in before you be careful. You want to be the person to go all when nobody else had.
With Five Blinds or Less Go All in with Most Cards
If you get down to five blinds, go all in with almost any two cards. If the hand looks good click all in because at this point, you need to win at all costs. You might be able to see one or two more big blinds but don’t wait too long. If the blinds up before you go all in your stack will be nothing. While it sucks, at this point your fate is up to chance.
Winning as a Small Stack Is Ultra Hard
If you have a tiny stack it is always a huge uphill battle. You will need to win many times, while the other player only needs to get lucky and win once. It is possible to make a comeback small stacked. But often these games become losses.
How to Play as the Big Stack
So what if we are the big stack end game? Well then at this point you want to be more cautious. You want to wait for strong hands and try to knock the other player out.
If they limp often consider raising preflop often. Unless they counter by always going all in you will slowly chip away their blinds. Either way, remember we are in the position to wait for things to happen. It is the small stacked player that needs to make things happen.
Now at the same time, if you are too cautious, you might end up becoming the small stacked player yourself. As you play more games, you will get an idea of what to do. It took me a long time to get better at poker, and I still am learning new concepts and strategies.
Spin and Win Strategy Overview
Play cautious early game.
- Observe the other players a lot.
- Don’t become too small stacked before going all in.
- Always take advantage when the other players make mistakes.
Spin and Win by design has a lot of variance. It will be hard to win these games often. Try your best and remember my advice. Hopefully, things will go well for you. I don’t massively win at these games, but I play them semi-often, and I do OK.