Short Stack Poker Strategy

by PokerFanatic | posted in Poker articles

Short Stack Poker

Being the short stack in an Online Texas Hold’em game is a very tenuous position in which to find yourself. Depending on how short stacked you are and the other players at your table, it can be immensely difficult to extricate yourself from the short stack. It is very easy to go from the short stack and have to re-buy but climbing out of this position is possible. Getting yourself out of the short stack requires tight play, making the right moves at the right time, and a little bit of luck.

The first and most important thing when you are short stacked is to shut off all of the risky moves that you might take in another position and keep things tight. Do not take any unnecessary risks and do not make any bluffs in poker whatsoever. The biggest goal that you should have as a short stack is to stop the bleeding of chips and keep as many in your stack as possible. As such, playing much more conservatively than you would in any other position is a must. Everything except the best hands should be folded otherwise the likelihood that you are going to bust out is extremely high. Even while playing the most premium hands, recovering from a short stacked position is extremely difficult.

The next thing that you need to do in order to climb out of a short stacked position is choose where to take your stands and take them. Going all in when you are short stacked is an almost unavoidable scenario but you can choose a good position to make your stand. Ideally, you should wait for a large pocket pair or set of suited connectors to make your stand and hopefully in a late position but this cannot happen all the time. You have to make a strong move when the opportunity presents itself and not wait for the perfect chance that may never come.

Another way that you can play the short stack which will work particularly well if there is an aggressive deep stack at the table is to soft play your big hand where you intend to make a stand. Especially if you are in an early position, making a raise that will pot commit you, will often result in a deep stack who acts after you to push you all in which is exactly what you want. Getting a caller with your big hand is the best that you can hope for and hope to double up and get back into the action. At this point, it is really up to the poker gods and, while it will not work out every time, it works quite a lot.

Taking a short stack and turning it around can be a difficult challenge but it is a position that every poker player finds himself or herself in from time to time. Being able to extricate yourself from difficult situations is the difference between a good poker player and a great poker player.


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