Follow These Tips When You Are Down to 20 BB Stack

Down to 20 BB in a multi-table poker tournament? Well, it happens many times but you don’t need to panic because you can still manoeuvre. All that you need is to be a little trickier than other players.

When it comes to a multi-table tournament (MTT), there is no shortage of advice for accumulating chips from the other players. Nor is it tough to find strategies to help you to chip up and make a comeback. However, there is not any specific advice out there for playing a 20 BB stack in an MTT.

When you are down to a 20 Big Blind stack, it means you don’t a stack that is not deep enough to allow you to explore the wider range of pre-flop and post-flop options. However, you are not so short that you cannot open-raise, or 3-bet pre-flop, or engage in post-flop moves like continuation betting.

Playing a 20 BB stack can be a little difficult for you and it is because you are not in a position where open-shoving can be profitable. As you get down to 20BB, you should be opening less often especially when the table is aggressive. Be patient and wait for the payable and good hands to chip up back.

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However, this strategy changes when your table is super tight. If your table is super tight, you can go for opening a wide range of hands with even a 20BB stack and accumulate chips. However, be careful against the big stacks as they have enough to put you at the risk. Raise to them with superior hands only.

When you are a short stack with 20BB, you should play all pairs above 7-7. Since you need to chip up and bounce back into the game, you should shove your stack with all pairs above pocket sevens (7-7).

Some players even when they are down to 20 Big Blinds try to see the flop. Don’t try to see the flop with marginal hands, rather use a ‘Push-Fold’ strategy to save your stack to stay alive in the game.

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Finally, as a general rule -for the most part of the game- try to shove all your stack when you are down to 20BB. A lot of players out there feel that is the best way to play with a 20 BB stack.

Given below are some useful tips for those (with 20 BB stack) who find themselves in this situation:

  1. Remain patient and wait for playable, good hands
  2. Go all in an unopened pot with any Ax from HJ, CO, and Button
  3. Shove your stack with all pairs ranging above pocket sevens (7-7)
  4. Keep an eye on the table dynamics for nursing and manage your stack
  5. Don’t try to see the flop with marginal hands as it is a risky venture
  6. Avoid confronting with big stacks as they have enough to cover you

Hope the above tips work well for you in multi-table tournaments. Good luck and happy playing!

Bhupendra Chahar
Bhupendra Chahar from Agra, a professional with a master's degree in Computer Science. He has over a decade of expertise in the world of poker. As a seasoned poker player, he understands the complexities of the game. Through his blogs, readers can gain valuable insight to improve their card game skills.

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