Originally Posted by mellowman7usa
What I decided on doing is go down in stakes and do max buy in there. I figure this would do two things. Allow me to work on my game a bit more, and get the max buy in at a lower price. I hope that sounds like a better decision.
I am new to online poker and there are so many stats and strategies at my disposal it gets overwhelming at times. Thanks for all the advice!
That is the best option for sure. Good luck!
Originally Posted by GWU73
You absolutely can make a profit playing with a short stack.
-Decisions are simpler because your commitment threshold is lower.
-Most 100bb players will not adjust correctly to your play.
-You often play against a table where 1/2 the players are short anyway.
-You can hit and run profitably or learn to play deeper with other peoples chips.
-IF you are not a winning player you can get more play for your money while you learn.
You should buy in for more when you feel you have a skill edge on your opponents, not when you are first learning so do yourself a favor and ease into playing with a full buy in.
While it's true that short stacking reduces the edge better players have on you, it's not enough to make short stacking a good strategy. You also reduce your
edge against bad players who have tons of chips and make massive, expensive mistakes.
And you'll only learn to play deeper when you're on the right side of variance (since that's the only time you'll actually be deep), so it'll take you much longer to learn because of the fewer opportunities.
Also, short stacking is really bad in raked games. Even a "good short stacker" will probably just be breaking even in the long term.