How to Play Short-Stacked Poker?

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Poker is a game that takes years of hands-on experience to build a professional career in. Playing short-stacked poker is one of the key learning concepts of this skill game. Almost all the poker players have to sometime experience a situation when they have no option left other than playing ‘short-stack’ poker. Playing short-stack poker means you hold the smallest stack in comparison to your opponents on the poker table and have less room to make plays at the poker table. Here is words of advice that will train you to in playing short-stack poker.

Analyze the Situation

While playing poker, if your stack size is falling short you should immediately start analyzing the situation. All you need to do is compare your chip stack with others on a poker table, compare your chip stack with the blind size, and compare your chip stack with the average stack. Now, you may have a question in your mind- How to realize that you are short-stacked? You can easily learn that you are playing short-stacked poker when you have no option to bet except for folding and all-in, or you have only about 10 to 20 big blinds to play the game.

Don’t Wait for a Premium Pair

Do you know a professional poker player never waits for premium pairs when playing short-stacked poker? Yes! Because you do not have the time and space to wait for premium hands. Thus, you have the option to go ‘All In’ if luckily dealt with high pocket pairs or medium hands like A-K, A-Q, K-Q, K-J, J-10 and if you are among the ones to act in late position on the poker table. Moreover, you can also go ‘All In’ with any two cards if none of the opponents has bet before you have more chances to win with the larger stack.

Double Up

Information is considered the key stumbling blocks while playing short-stacked poker as your rivals on the table are familiar with your situation and will leave no chances to eliminate you from the game. Suppose you have reached the ‘pay-out’ level of any tournament wherein a single elimination guarantees the left players with a higher pay-out. In this situation, your opponents will call in to knock you out of the tournament, and you only have the option to double up in order to survive in the tournament.

Don’t Preserve Your Chips

Generally, playing poker with short stacks is considered defensive in tournament poker because it is essential for poker players to conserve their chips while playing tournaments. However, when you are already running short-stacked, then you are not left with an option to even conserve your chips. Hence, the only option available in such a situation is to go ‘All In’ with all your chips to get back into the horse race. For instance, a feasible winning situation would be one when you are the first one to bet on the table giving your opponents an option to either fold or call. If you are not the first one to act on the poker table, then you have fewer chances of winning the pot unless you hold a high ranking hand.

Short Stacked Play is Simplified Poker

Poker pros tend to follow a varied approach while playing poker, for instance, their bets are made after analyzing the game odds and not on the strength of the hand they are holding. However, if you are short-stacked, then it is not necessary to follow a refined playing style because you can no longer afford to lose at the cost of trying too many types of play. Furthermore, your short-stack can act as a roadblock in making big bets on the turn and river. So, you are left with an option to play early – basically before the flop and win.

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