Why I Dont Like Short Stack Strategies (Micro Limit)
My basic understanding of the short stack strategy is you shove with only the best hands like AK, AA, KK, QQ, and maybe JJ or 10. You buy-in for the minimum and then you shove or fold. I will tell you what I've seen:
* Everyone folds when a short stack pushes
* Someone calls with a pretty good hand which reduces the short stacks edge to only 2%. This is my understanding of sklansky, rationally someone will only call an all-in bet with a good hand. So, we're not comparing starting hands to random hands and with good hands the edges are very small except AA which dominates everything.
This will have a few effects to your bankroll:
#1 Your average loss is now something like 50 big blinds which is pretty good size. You could play a lot of flops with that
#2 Your edge is reduced when you get called to something in the -2% to +12% range
This is basically my understanding of short stack, and I've never got it to work for me. I know everyone is different. I would like to get short stacking to work for me because then I could multi-tabling.
My experience with multi-tabling in play money games worked great. I just shoved with best hands and got callers but on real money
tables when I play tight and shove then it's usually folders I get. But with short stacking I don't think you'll ever see the returns of actually playing. And in most cases where I've tried just to play my cards and not the other players I've lost money. Of course, one thing it will do it generate tons of rake for the casino: just a thought.