Adjustments for deep stack cash games
I mostly play deepstack games now and Logan asked about adjustments needed for deepstack (250bb buy-in) cash games vs regular cash games (100bb buy-in). I replied in his thread but thought it may be useful for others too so posting here. It's also useful for me to think about and I probably missed stuff out so please add to, comment on or disagree with my points
- Open all ranges up: opening ranges, 3b ranges, 3b flatting ranges, 4b ranges, the game is much loser pre in general, but still, there are plenty of TAGs there that do well too. Although it's a lot looser pre this doesn't mean the decent LAGs are stacking post without strong hands so don't let their stats fool you into thinking they are bad.
- In general you can and should 3bet and 4bet a bit bigger than normal.
- Implied odds
hands like PPs, SCs and one gap SCs go up in value and you can start profitably setmining vs 3bets for example or flatting 3bs with decent SCs when in position.
- Not a lot of pots actually go to all-in showdowns, so it's fine to continue with TPTK type hands and, as long as you can fold them later if necessary.
- In big pots vs the regs you need to be careful you don't play 'dangerous' hands, like made flushes that are non nut, or non nut straights, or low sets, or flushes when the board is paired. ie. be careful not to get coolered. Actually coolering fish in huge pots is where a lot of profit will come from, your flush beating theirs, your set beating their 2 pair etc.
- Can start (and probably need to) pick good spots to bluff. 4betting vs regs that 3bet a lot for example, or bluff raising flops with 2 of a suit is another favorite of mine. It helps balance your range and keep your image aggressive, which you need to get paid for your big hands. 4bet folding is pretty bad with 100bb poker, but fine when 250bb deep.
- Need to be more aware of ESS's since the buy-in range is larger (can buy-in between 100 and 250bb compared to 40 and 100bb).
- Table select: there are loads of loose fish to be found, and they often have no idea how to play deep.