The Short Stack buy in for Cash games
Recently on "The Circuit" podcast available on itunes and through Cardplyer this strat. for Cash games was put out there is a cohost and guest dodging the question. Here is what I feel is the short stack strategy. What do you think.
I typically buy in for smaller that the average stacks immediately, the other players perceive you as a novice or someone who is just "taking a shot." This is what you want. The rope-a-dope strategy works well against these players.
The key concept is that when you come into a pot, you better have the joint.
Because when you do, the big stacks will play weak against you because you don't pose a big threat to their stack. They will try to push you off of the best hand with big raises in an effort to "bust" you. Also, since we established that many of these players are "recreational," they don't know how to protect their stacks in cash games, and routinely commit blunders against smaller stacks.
Playing a short stack in this manner also carries certain responsabilities. Since you are coming in short, you must play a disciplined game. You want to gain as much return on your investment when the right hand comes, so fold those prospecting hands until after you double through someone.
If you're coming out to Vegas during the WSOP
, I highly recommend you consider the side games instead of the tournaments. These games are filled with steaming donks who are too bent from a bad beat that knocked them out of the tournament to focus on the fact that you've been folding every hand for the last hour.
What do you think about this type of play..