*Originally posted by inf4my*

SSS is terrible and does not work unless your opponents are COMPLETE idiots.

Hehe, good one.

Too bad that in reality it's the other way around.

You can only make money in poker if your opponents make mistakes against you. If they don't, you will just end up paying rake and never winning anything in the long run.

That's why you can never win as a big stack unless your opponents are worse than you and make more mistakes.

With short stack on the other hand, you have a fundamental mathematical advantage. Even if a perfect strategy would be found and all players with say 100+ bb stacks were playing it*, you could win in the game if you were allowed to play with a shorter stack.

That's because say you raise with a strong hand and get a caller and now another player behind him is having 44 or 87s, what should he do? Obviously he has to call, because he has a hand with great potential to win a lot of money from the other big stack with a set or a straight and he will be in possition in the hand.

This call is however a mistake against you because you don't have enough money behind to offer sufficient implied odds and because this villain just make a mistake against YOU (even though it was his best possible play with highest EV), you profit.

To sum it up:

With BSS you need to find players who are worse than you and are going to make mistakes for you to turn any profit.

With SSS you only need to find players who have more money on the table to gain a mathematical advantage sufficient to win.

* - there surely is a perfect strategy, but it's too difficult to find it, because the game is too complicated; also if we found it, it would still be more profitable to play another way in order to exploit your opponent's weaknesses rather than just play unexploitable perfect strategy with minimum winrate