I find this so funny, I wrote an e-mail to Pokerstars about 3 years ago, about these guys shortstacking at 10/20+. The advantage is really tiny in LHE, I know that, but every little bit helps. Here is Pokerstars response:
Thank you for your mail.
Please notice that this is not violating the rules.
The minimum buy-in on a fixed limit table is 10 times the small bet or 5
times the big bet, . So in this case the minimum buy-in on a 10/20 FL table
is 100 usd.
Please consider the following poker theory. The minimum buy-in in Limit
poker is 5 Big Bets (5 BBs). If a player buys-in to a table with a
short-stack of 5 BBs, the maximum they can win in a pot will be 5 BBs. The
generally accepted expert strategy states players should take 25 BBs to a
table at the very minimum, as this permits them to win the maximum amount
when a large pot develops. Short-stacked players most definitely do not get
value for their good hands.
Thus, in Limit games, PokerStars does not consider it necessary to enforce a
"No Hit & Run" rule. As the betting is fixed, the size of the pot is capped
and players, unless they are short-stacked themselves, will not lose their
entire buy-in in a single hand.
For No Limit and Pot Limit games however, where players can lose an entire
buy-in in a single hand, PokerStars definitely enforces rebuy rules to
prevent "Hit & Run" tactics.
This policy is meant to give players a fair chance of winning their money
back. This policy be found on our web site here:
This does not apply to limit poker and limit games.
Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
Now they want to fix it. haha!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get rid of buttoning before you fix the 5BB issue.