6-handed $20NL cash game strategy - going hard!
I'll show you mine if you show me yours...
This is what I like to do in a short-handed ring game to feel God-Like. Read it, then tell me about your own secret "hot sauce" for playing cash games.
Find a table where there are 4 or 5 others already playing, with somewhere around the maximum $20 buy-in each.
A) There are no other short stacks (no one with less than $13.00)
B) No huge stacks with 2x or more max buy-in.
I want AVERAGE players at the table, playing an average game with lots more dough than me.
Then, buy in for $5.00. Play tight and aggressive. Try to isolate and double up with a big pair, or gamble in the right spots for cheap against a limper with a big hand, etc.
I find that you can double up the first time easily, because your short stack looks like scared money. Then, with around $10.00, you still only have 1/2 the stack as anyone else, so they try to run you over and bully you. Switching gears works well here to find a spot to double up.
Once you've doubled up twice to around $20, everyone's game sort of shuts down. They see you can break them now, and so they don't over-play marginal hands as much as when you posed less of a threat to their stack.
At this point, if the cards cool down, you can switch to another table, or limt up with your winnings (ie. buy-in for $10 at 40NL) and start again. I find this is a good way to leverage your bank roll, as your initial risk was only $5.00.
Warning: If you double up twice to the table buy-in max, and someone wants to play a big pot for all your chips, you can be SURE he/she's found a monster hand.