Originally Posted by doops
Buying in for 20 BB is kinda pathetic. I've never understood why such people don't just play at lower levels where their stacks could have some weight.
That said, it's quite the sport to beat up on small stacks. One assumes they are playing scared...and it's pleasant to play with people who are anxious.
There's actually a strategy behind decent short stack play. Playing a short stack reduces both risk and decision making. This may be advantagious if you're playing 10 tables and have little or no reads on your opponents. Your choices are limited, fold or shove. If you're patient you'll be able to get it all in with what rates to be the best hand or with the correct odds
given that you will always see all five board cards the times you are called.
Another benefit of short stacked play is that you're more likely to get called by weaker hands like AJ, AT, KQ or small pairs that would ordinarily fold to such a large preflop bet. In short, you have no leverage. What this means is that since you have no money behind you, you pose no danger beyond your initial preflop bet.
I've also heard some people say that it's a cheap way to see a higher level, but mostly, the short stackers are just bad players who are afraid of getting outplayed post flop.