Theme: How to play against ShortStackStrategyPlayer

Point 1: How to identify SSS-Players ?

- Stacksize between 15 and 25 BigBlinds
- Country: Germany
- Pocketracker/Pokeracedata : VPIP < 10, 5 < PFR < 10

Point 2: The Stealraise

A SSS-Player is sitting to our left, we are the SB, he is the BB and all other players at the table folded.

Our Action:
We raise to 3-4 BB with any 2 cards, since he is only going to play with TT+,AKo/s against our raise. He is folding the BB in ~96% of the cases, leaving us with a nice profit!

The Theory behind it:
If we assume our Opponent is playing the SSS without adapting his Reraise-Range to your Raise-Position (which is the case with normal play according to the articels), he is reraising with TT+,AKo/s which are 3,5% of his hands. All other hands he is going to fold!
EV(fold) = 0 BB
EV(Stealraise 3BB) = 0.965*1BB - 0.035*2.5BB = + 0.88 BB
EV(Stealraise 4BB) = 0.965*1BB - 0.035*3.5BB = + 0.84 BB
EV(All-In 20BB) = 0.965*1BB - 0.035*19.5BB = + 0.28 BB
So we show a nice profit by playing this way, it is very interesting, that even an All-In push would be +EV with this calling-range.
Furthermore this calculation doesn't take into account your chance of hitting a good hand on the flop even with your any2 hands.

If you prefer the 3BB Raise or the standard 4BB Raise is up to you to decide, the difference in EV is pretty low so you should do it for table-image reasons more than for Value.

Point 3: The Laydown of normal Reraisehands(Chart)


This chart shows our Equity against SSS-Players raising from certain positions. Meaning we don't enter pots, which don't have any deadmoney involved, if the equity of our hand according to the chart is below 52%!

Example Hand for point 3 from my german Coaching on 05.02.07:

Party Poker No-Limit Hold'em, $ BB (10 handed) Hand History Converter Tool from (Format: 2+2 Forums)

UTG ($41.60)
UTG+1 ($43.17)
UTG+2 ($23.75)
MP1 ($22.85)
MP2 ($5)
Hero ($5)
CO ($16.10)
Button ($25.15)
SB ($27.15)
BB ($12.65)

Preflop: Hero is MP3 with A:club: , K:heart: . SB posts a blind of $0.10.
[color:#666666]4 folds[/color], [color:#CC3333]MP2 raises to $1[/color], Hero folds, [color:#666666]3 folds[/color], BB calls $0.75.

Flop: ($2.10) 3:spade: , 5:diamond: , 4:spade: [color:#0000FF](2 players)[/color]

Final Pot: $2.10