Dealing with positional disadvantage

    • elhh82
      elhh82
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      Joined: 03.09.2008 Posts: 6,838
      Sometimes on the bubble you're stuck in an impossible position

      with 4 players left.

      Super big stack is on your left, you can't push loose, because he will call with a wide range to pick you off.

      A mid stack, in the same bracket of chips as you pushes widely, coz he knows you can call loose, with the risk of going broke before the shortie.

      Shortie is stuck between the two, you can't reach his chips, he's protected by the big stack.

      What do you do other than pray the shortie doesn't pick up a hand? Or that you pick up a monster?
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    • lessthanthreee
      lessthanthreee
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      Joined: 30.06.2009 Posts: 16,300
      what you can do depends a lot on the stack dynamic and the ranges of the players.

      against tight big stacks we can still push relatively wide ~50% with 5bb+. to get some chips.

      against mid stacks pushing into us who you have reads are on ATC we can still call loosish against them if the blinds are big enough, unless the gap between us and the 4th place shortie is extremely wide or the gap between us and the guy abusing our bb is wide.

      calling a mid stack who is on atc with similar chips helps our equity a lot because he will often be eliminated if we win. this doesnt mean we can call super loose.. but often looser than you think..

      like i said a lot of this depends on stack dynamic, differences between stacks... ranges... game flow etc...

      and sometimes you cant do much but just fold and take it... it happens
    • nibbana
      nibbana
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      Joined: 04.12.2009 Posts: 1,186
      Originally posted by lessthanthreee
      and sometimes you cant do much but just fold and take it... it happens
      But it hurts <3, it hurts so damn much !