Super Turbo Basics (FAQ)

Here are some Super Turbo Basics (FAQ):

How long do Super Turbos last?

- Super Turbos last a little over 20 minutes on average, but since you won't make it to the end of every one of them, YOUR average super turbo will last something like 12 minutes. This allows you to get in a lot of volume. Playing an average of just 4 tables at a time, you could finish 20 super turbos per hour. And if you were playing $28+$2s (for example), you would earn $10.80/hour just in rakeback (assuming 27% rakeback). If you average 8 tables, it'd be $21.60. But remember that whens it comes to multi-tabling, quality should come before quantity. This is especially true in Super Turbos, where the edge is smaller.

What kind of edge can good players achieve?

- The winning regulars typically have a winrate (ROI) of 2%-5%, which is lower than what you'd see with standard turbo SNGs or non-turbo SNGs which are often 8% or higher. So rakeback makes up a significant amount of the profit of the "Super Turbo Pro". Super Turbo players at the lowest stakes can achieve higher long-term ROI %s than what's stated above, but those players usually move up before long.

- 27% rakeback adds an equivalent of 1.8% to your ROI (for all super turbos ranging from the $7.50 level through the $75 level. It's slightly less for the $3.80s and more for the $169s).

How can I get really good at Super Turbos?

Deliberate Practice is the only path to greatness in any form of poker. Here is how to apply it specifically to Super Turbo SNGs.

Deliberate Practice for Poker

Are Super Turbos high variance?

- A small edge leads to high variance. Super Turbos are very high variance. This makes table selection even more important.

It also makes it imperative that you are playing your A-game all the time. Here are some ways to NOT allow your A-game to turn into your B-game or C-game.

Is the rake lower in Super Turbos?

- Yes. The rake % is lower in supers compared to regular turbos and non-turbos. For the low/mid-level SNGs it's: Super Turbos: 7.1%, Turbos: 9.1%, Non-Turbo: 10%

There's no time bank, so how much time do we get before our hand gets folded?

- It's true there is no time bank in supers, but you have a total of 22 seconds to act (7 seconds until the first warning beep, then another 15 seconds until your hand actually gets folded).

A few other Super Turbo Basics, Facts and Tips:

- Losing your internet connection is more devastating in supers than in regular SNGs, MTTs or cash games.

Imagine being disconnected for 5 minutes. In an MTT, unless it's the final table, you might lose one set of blinds. In a normal SNG, it's bad but not always devastating. But imagine having six super turbos running and another few you're regisitered in. Super Turbo hands go much quicker, because there is almost no postflop play. Five minutes later you could easily be blinded out of half of them and crippled in the others. Of course you'll benefit when other players get disconnected when other players get disconnected instead of you.

- Be careful about playing a lot of tables at first. You might be used to 8-tabling regular SNGs, but if you fire up 8 supers, it'll start off okay but 10 minutes later you could find yourself on 5 bubbles at the same time, and short-handed super turbo hands go REALLY quickly, since there's nearly no post-flop play. A whole orbit might take just a few seconds. You'll start timing out and making mistakes - not good.

- Smaller stacks have more fold equity in supers than in other tournaments. If you go all-in for 3 BBs in other tournaments, you'll almost always get called, but in a super turbo, everyone is so short that your 3BB stack can be enough cripple many of them. Even 2BB all-ins sometimes steal the blinds! So don't make desperate pushes as early as you would in a normal SNG or an MTT just to maintain fold equity.

Knowing these Super Turbo Basics can save you some money when you're first getting started. But to become an actual winning player, you'll need to master the specific super turbo strategy.

Trivia: Super Turbos first appeared at Full Tilt Poker in May 2008.

Now that you know some of the Super Turbo Basics, it's time to talk about actual strategy.

Move from Super Turbo Basics to Super Turbo Early Game Strategy.