Poker is a game that takes years of hands-on experience to build a professional career in. short-stacked poker is one of the difficult concepts to learn. Every player has to experience a situation when they have no option left than playing ‘short-stack’ poker. Playing short-stack real money poker means you are holding the smallest stack compared to your opponents and have less room to make plays at the table. Here are some tips that will train you to play short-stack poker.
- Analyze the Situation
If your stack size is falling short, start analyzing the situation immediately. Just compare your chip stack with others, compare your chip stack with the blind size, and your chip stack with the average stack. But how to realize that you are short-stacked? When you have no option to bet and are bound to fold and all-in, or you have only about 10 to 20 big blinds to play the game, you are playing short-stacked poker.
- Don’t Wait for a Premium Pair
A pro player never waits for premium pairs while playing short-stacked. 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 the one of them to act in late position on the 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 important while playing short-stacked poker as your opponents are familiar with your situation and will leave no chances to eliminate you. If you have reached the ‘pay-out’ level of a tournament while 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
Playing short stacks is considered defensive in tournament poker as it is essential for the 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.