Short & midstack Texas Hold'em Strategy

Although deep stack poker is the most complex version of No Limit, that does not mean that short stack strategy and midstack strategy are easy. In fact there are a lot short stack No Limit and midstack No Limit considerations that are just as important to master as in deep play. This strategy advice is useful not only if you are the one with the short or midstack, but also if you are playing against a shorter stacked opponent.


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What is short stack and midstack strategy?

Short stack poker usually refers to 30 big blinds or less. Midstack poker is usually 30-75 big blinds. This advice can be used effectively if you buy-in for less than the full buy-in in cash games, or in the latter stages of tournaments. If you are new to poker, starting off playing short stack strategy might be a good idea because although you stand to win less, the potential to make mistakes is also much less. Then you can gradually work your way up to midstack strategy, before learning to play deep.

Even if you plan to always play a full stack, it is useful to learn short stack strategy and midstack strategy, because the same strategy works against players who buy-in for smaller amounts too. Even though you may have a 100 big blind stack, if your opponent has a 20 big blind stack, you are effectively playing a 20 big blind stack because that is all you can win or lose. It is a huge strategic leak not to adjust to the differences between short/midstack strategy and deep strategy. These No Limit midstack articles will tell you everything you need to adjust.