# SSS question

• Bronze
Joined: 01.10.2009
Ive recently started playing SSS and want to know whether 20 BB buy in is optimal, or just given for simplicity in the articles? It seems to me that it would better to have more than 20 BB. Can somebody explain the reasoning to me please?
• 7 replies
• Bronze
Joined: 12.10.2009
20BB is optimal for a whole bunch of reasons.
• Bronze
Joined: 01.04.2009
Less than 20BB is optimal, but 20BB is the minimum buy-in. This is also why you leave the table whenever you get above 25BB because the strategy is not designed for such "large" stacks.
• Bronze
Joined: 01.10.2009
Aha, so I shouldnt auto top up my stack then.
• Bronze
Joined: 12.10.2009
Originally posted by davecc
Aha, so I shouldnt auto top up my stack then.
Only if you get under 15BB
• Bronze
Joined: 10.02.2008
There are schools of thought that think ~17BB is the optimal stack size for SSS, so topping up at 15BB is a decent enough idea. However, once you start to incorperate Sklanki Chubukov pushes into your game, you can play with a much smaller stack and open your range right up from late position.
• Bronze
Joined: 01.10.2009
Alright, so if Im playing SSS and have exactly 20 BB and shove into BB from SB with K8 suited, I am guaranteed an average profit of 0.3 BB/hand in the long run?

I just want to make sure Im understanding these numbers correctly. Thank you for bringing this up.
• Bronze
Joined: 10.02.2008
Originally posted by davecc
Alright, so if Im playing SSS and have exactly 20 BB and shove into BB from SB with K8 suited, I am guaranteed an average profit of 0.3 BB/hand in the long run?

I just want to make sure Im understanding these numbers correctly. Thank you for bringing this up.
According to S-C numbers, it is indeed +EV to shove K8s first in from the SB, but definately try and get to gold and read the article for the full explanation.