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Old 08-06-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Short Stack Live Strategy

I have been playing STT SNGs and I am now looking to build my game from the ground up in live cash games starting with a short stack strategy. The stakes are $1-$2 NL, the buy in range is $100-$300 (and can buy for 70% of the big stack). I am buying in for $100. Is there a good thread already for the short stack strategy in low stakes games? The game I play is often very loose. I'm basically planning on raising TT+, AK early, MP raising AQ 88 and 99, late raising a few more hands. I'll call from any position with 22-77 trying to flop a set (unless the game has a lot of preflop raising). I'm also playing some suited connectors, suited broadways in late position if the conditions are favorable. Suggestions on strategy/threads I could read to get going on this?

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Old 08-06-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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shortstaks dont use pokerforums
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:57 PM   #3
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:27 AM   #4
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Re: Short Stack Live Strategy

In live poker, short stack eat youuuuuu
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:44 PM   #5
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Re: Short Stack Live Strategy

Why did I get a link about learning Russian from Rosetta Stone? ...and I'm only doing the short stack strategy until I can learn/build my bankroll. Fortunately, even with the rake I can beat this particular game with shortstack poker (haven't tested it for sure yet, but pretty sure). Plus they have an Aces Cracked promo on Friday and Saturday which helps if you buy in short. Shortstacking is still poker, it's just simplified poker...why does everyone get so upset about it? There are games where the min buy in is higher if you want more skill attached to the game. I will ask once again if anyone has any advice for building my game from the ground up in live poker starting with a short stack strategy...

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Old 08-09-2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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Shortstacking is terrible live if you don't play to get it in preflop or HU on the flop. This is because the games are so loose. Shortstacks basically raise to get the pot HU and then shove and because the opponent doesn't usually have a hand they will fold and when they do have a hand, the shortstack's range is strong anyway and they have decent equity.

This falls apart when your raises preflop are getting 4 or 5 callers as you will just end up playing a bloated pot multiways with no room to maneuver. Not that this isn't profitable, but it just opens you up to a different kind of variance.

Example, you raise TT in epto 16 in a 1/2 game (larger than the usual opening raise). You get 2 or 3 callers. pot is 60 and you have 70 left. Flop is AJ2r. Shoving there is pure spew. However if the same hand you had JJ, wouldn't you rather have more money behind to get max value from anyone with AK/AQ, etc?

Yes you can lose bigger pots while playing a bigger stack, but you also can win bigger pots, and 1/2 NL is all about maximizing value, not trying to get people to fold or getting into flips with TT vs AQ. Buy in at least 80bbs deep so you are able to setmine and even bluff a little and you will be much more profitable.

If you don't have a bankroll to play with, you are going to have to run good anyways, so you might as well try to do it so you can win 200bb pots instead of 100bb pots. Just my thoughts.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:31 PM   #7
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Re: Short Stack Live Strategy

Short stack play is fine, I do it all the time when in a new casino or at a table where I don't know many people.

Just a few simple rules. Don't cold call a raise, ever. Don't set mine against a raise. For bankroll building purposes, you should really get up anytime you run your buyin to 200. Raise or fold always.

It's kinda boring as far as poker is concerned.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:04 PM   #8
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I'm really skeptical that you can beat the rake short stacking at 1/2nl.

Most rooms will be dropping $4-5 in rake from every pot you scoop and I don't think you can overcome that (the pots you do win are going to be too small too often compared to the rake and size of the blinds).

If you can find a game that is really loose and always has the straddle on, then go for it, that's probably beatable. But, your variance will be higher and your ability to put in volume to overcome variance is decreased (because of the slow volume live and because you'll need to table hop once you win a pot).

The most common leak (by far!) among live low stakes players is that they call waaaay too often, and this leak is most costly to them after the flop. Short stacking only decreases the edge against this leak.

Buy in short until you figure out who the donators are, then top off.
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I'm really skeptical that you can beat the rake short stacking at 1/2nl.

Most rooms will be dropping $4-5 in rake from every pot you scoop and I don't think you can overcome that (the pots you do win are going to be too small too often compared to the rake and size of the blinds).
if you're scooping pots and casinos are taking out $4-5 in rake per pot , you SHOULD be getting paid off on your hands. $1-2 NL tends to have more fish and they are more than happy to pay off your big hands.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:21 PM   #10
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I never liked short stacking so maybe I'm biased but my opinion would be to sit around till you have QQ+\AK, raise way above average cuz you will usually get a caller then gii otf. Variance will be higher IMO since you will be pot committed way quicker.

It's a totally different beast than short stacking stt's
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:39 AM   #11
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I think OP's strategy for short stacking is pretty valid.. I normally buy-in to a 2/5 game on a short stack and just.. wait..

Lol that's right I just sit there and wait for good hands because that's all you can really do.. I think your raising ranges are fine OP although I normally play 88/99 as set mining hands or mini over pair hands if there are limpers in front of me

I will also limp behind with suited connectors or small pp or Axs if I have decent position and there are limpers in front of me.. Sometimes I open limp with these if the guys behind me are not too aggressive

Overall game plan is of course to flop top pair/over pair and then bet bet bet until you're allin.. draws with 10 or less outs I normally just call and try to hit and draws with more outs I'm inclined to raise and get it in (obviously player and situation dependent)

Overall I think short stacking is a fine strategy to play a game that you're not quite rolled for.. just make sure that you STICK TO YOUR PLAN and don't tilt off your chips from not getting hands.. oh and as someone mentioned earlier, there's a bunch of variance - so accept that and just roll with the punches

Btw it's really nice to score a 1k+ win in 2/5 when you only buy-in 300

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:44 AM   #12
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I have utilized a very effective Short Stack strategy in PLO and higher stakes. I have never done so in 1/2. Im sure there is a way. The biggest problem I see with most short stacks are they cant change gears when they get deep. Unlike online, you cant always leave and go to a new table with the min. I would advise playing home games until you get a good roll for 1/2.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:45 AM   #13
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Yeah that's a good point I forgot to touch upon..once you double up you need to be able to play deeper stacked.. if your 100+bb game sucks, then it's probably best to leave the game once you hit that mark and find another game

Staying around with deep stacks and no idea how to utilize it will result in you losing "more" money and you'll probably feel worse afterwards than if you had only lost your initial $100 buy-in

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Old 08-10-2013, 03:54 PM   #14
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I'll call from any position with 22-77 trying to flop a set
You're rarely going to be getting the right odds to mine because you are only allowing yourself to win another $100 from an opponent.

One of the huge advantages I have is that when I cooler someone, I double a lot of $, when I get coolered/unlucky on an ai, I thank the guy for sitting with <$100.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:47 PM   #15
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Re: Short Stack Live Strategy

You'll find a lot of threads by using the search function and the words, "short" and "strategy."

LLSNL is a bad place to try a short stack strategy. The first problem you have is that you can't play a good short stack strategy when the minimum buy in is 50BB. You're really looking to buy in for no more than 30BB. The second problem is that you have little FE in LLSNL when short. The last problem is that if you win, you're no longer a short stack. You just can't rat hole most places and go to a new table immediately. You'll have to wait 30 to 60 minutes to go back in again.

In general, short stacking is a high variance game with a lower return than playing a full stack. Once you learn that the average winning hand at show down in cash games is two pair, you don't have play a short stack game any longer.
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