There will be times when you play poker and you find yourself having the least chips on the poker table. In these situations, you are referred to as the short stack. In most tournaments, being short stack is having 40 big blinds or even less.
When you play short stack, you really do not have much room to make some plays. Having a short stack means you cannot go for a lot of bluffs, float plays, checks, and raises. Most likely you will not have enough to do your special maneuvers on the table.
Most of your actions will happened during the pre-flop and betting rounds upon flopping the cards. Since you have limited room to play with, you also need to know which hands to play big. As much as possible avoid small pocket pairs and suited connectors since the odds are not in your favor. Go for it when you have get big suited cards which has a good chance of making top pair or anything better.
When you have a short stack, you should put emphasis on playing the big cards which has a good potential to make a top pair or even higher. Remember that you want to get your chips in on the flop. Push the possibilities when you get a hand with an Ace on it since the chances of winning it is higher.
Short stack players will also be inclined to call or go all in since you will be committed to the flop. Or another choice will be to fold. Most actions will happen before and during the flop and you will take less actions post-flop as the short stack player on the table. It is critical which big hands you want to play and make sure that you have a good chance of winning after all the cards are dealt.
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