Hey guys, I was hoping you all could help me with how to play from the Small Blind in a SnG, when there are only four players left (top three are in the money). Specifically when you have a middle to lower stack size at the table, and the action has been folded around to you so it's just down to the blinds.
Part of me says to play this in the same way as if I was in the small blind and playing heads up. When heads up in such a possition I'll call with any playable hand, I'll raise with my larger hands, and I'll only lay down my very lowest of hands (if I have a large enough chip lead I'll even call with these often enough).
However, this situation is obviously different b/c we're on the bubble so nobody is in the money yet and thus part of me says not to play it like I'm heads up but instead to play it fairly tightly unless I have a large hand.
Usually by this point in the game the blinds are about 100-200 or higher (players started with 1500) so the blinds are nice to steal, but b/c of the lower chip stack in such a situation I'd rather not risk a chunk of my stack that'd help get eliminated on the bubble. I see the point that getting 3-to-1 odds is nice on your call, but after a couple of calls with nothing to show for it, it can deffinitely add up. (Perhaps I need to work on my post-flop play on the bubble also, but that's for a different thread).
Generally, if I don't make it in the money, then I tend to get knocked out in fourth place more then any other position, so I feel like I'm playing good for this level SnG (VERY low limit), but I really feel that being in the SB on the bubble is one of the places where I have a lot of room for improvement so that I can start turning more of those fourth place finishes into 2nd or 3rd place finishes; and eventually move up to higher level SnG