Tournament short stack help

    • CaramelJr
      CaramelJr
      Basic
      Joined: 12.03.2013 Posts: 2
      Hi Pokerstategy,
      This is my first post, but I have been checking out this site for 2 months and have been playing poker on and off for about 5 years.

      I have a situational question for you guys. If you have articles in mind that could help me, links would be awesome and I'd love to hear your personal opinions and strategies.

      I am a tournament player, I love it and I am getting really good but there is one thing I can't seem to figure out what to do. When I am short-stacked and the blinds are high (happened today when pocket aces lost in an all-in vs. a flush), what do I do!?
      1 - Some guys say, wait for THE hand and go all-in pre-flop! but bad beats happen too often... and guys having high pocket pairs happen too...
      2 - Call and hope nobody raises to see the flop! but they always raise and it costs a lot of chips when you're short-stacked + blinds costs when the flop is shit.
      3 - Raise with a good hand and decide what to do on the flop! but 3-bets are common when you are short-stacked so it's basically like going all-in anyways.

      1 and 3 have the pros of giving you a chance to steal the blinds if everyone folds so I guess they are better. Chances of success with these three techniques are obviously better in position.

      Thats it, for now I prefer raising and following whoever 3-bets with a good hand. If you guys know any other options please propose them and if you have modifications/opinions on what I said please don't be shy to share.

      Thank you, I just want to get back in the game after I fail... and I don't tilt easily, so it's plausible
  • 3 replies
    • Asaban
      Asaban
      Moderator
      Moderator
      Joined: 22.09.2006 Posts: 8,241
      Hi CaramelJr and welcome to the tournament strategy forum =)

      I would like to see more posts from you in the future!

      Playing shortstacked is quite complicated and at the same time very important. Everything you do completely depends on your stacksize though.

      With more then 25BB you can play as you normally would. Open raise 2 to 2.5BB and 3bet if you have a good hand.

      Having 15 to 25BB is similar. You can still open raise your hands for the standard amount. 3betting is different though (and very important). You should always try to find spots (best if you are in the blinds) where an opponent open raises from late position and you have a "decent" hand. If so, you should just resteal by pushing your stack allin. Decent hands might be as low as 87s, as long as they have decent equity against your opponents calling range.
      This play completely depends on your fold equity and is extremely profitable if executed well.

      With less then 15BB you shouldn't open raise any longer, but start open pushing most of you open raising range. Resteals are still possible, but the lower your stacksize gets, the less fold equity you will have. Therefore you have to get tighter while repushing.

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    • CaramelJr
      CaramelJr
      Basic
      Joined: 12.03.2013 Posts: 2
      Thank you that is awesome advice! I'm going to try that and thanks for the links too!
    • Asaban
      Asaban
      Moderator
      Moderator
      Joined: 22.09.2006 Posts: 8,241
      Your welcome =)

      Our video section might also be worth a look. You may find various videos about tournaments. Watch other players and try to understand why they do certain things. Ask in the forum if you are not sure about a play you saw.

      You may find all tournament videos, that are already available for your status here:
      http://www.pokerstrategy.com/video/#contenttype=0&gametype=8&tablesize=0&languages=en&levels=basic,bronze&lowerlimit=0&upperlimit=100&ob=date&od=desc&page=1&rpp=10

      Again: If you get a higher status you will gain excess to a lot more content.

      Regards,
      Asaban