re: Poker & Are Short Stackers Almost Always Donks?
Short stacking is certainly a valid form of play. However, calling it dumb is not exactly wrong. It is simple. That is the natural result of smaller stack sizes. Fewer, simpler choices. The upside to them being that they can massively multitable easily. That being said, a shorty can really complicate life for a full stack who does not know what they're doing against one (which I would say is many) or who is stuck with one creating messy side pots.
I short stacked for a time because they were giving me a real hard time messing up hands (I was also a jackass who had somehow at some point filtered out the 50BB tables, thanks again Pooffy) and what better way to learn how to defend against them than to put on their shoes? I smashed 25 and 50NL's faces in for a time, paid some bills, got my roll up, and then magically lost the ability to win while short stacking. However, I now can understand what they're doing and counter them more effectively. And while I disagreed with Bellagio that they are all donks at the 25 and 50NL levels for a time, I think thats pretty much true now that I'm not among them
KK if you manage to smash them up that good, you really should be going for max buy in right away. I understand you have tilt issues, which could actually be making that method more profitable for you, but math and logic agree, this is a suboptimal approach if you're playing correctly. You wouldn't leave a big leak you saw in your play in the traditional (ie: shoving 72 every time) sense alone, so don't leave your tilt issues alone. Work on fixing them so that you can take full advantage of the money spewing fools around you without needing to build up psychological steam first.
The reason a shorty hits and runs is simply because they are no longer a shorty after they hit, and so would have to play a more intricate game which they cannot typically do, either for knowledge, or massive multitabling reasons. Really this makes them no harder to beat as many people have said, its simply that they'll wind up stacking off sometimes and wind up doubling up through you sometimes, if you're choosing your spots wisely you're beating them, regardless of any individual hand/session's outcome.
The general level of play at the 50BB tables is going to be somewhat higher, because when you sit at one you're doing it to ensure that you're playing deeper stacks to more fully take advantage of weaker opponents flaws. Many others are doing the same thing. So you miss out on some of the hardcore donation stations, but gain the ability to make plays on players who often don't know about plays or how to recognize/make them properly yet, and don't have to deal with tables perpetually filling up with shorties on you. This has the advantage of spending more time at a table before its time to move on allowing you to get better reads, build an image, exploit said image, since people are actually paying enough attention for you to build an image, and NO SHORTIES!!!! WOOOOH.
Umm yeah, sorry about that. I haven't slept and needed to distract myself when my Megavideo time limit expired since there were only 5 worthwhile tables. I think I responded to everything I wanted to. I love that I'll be clicking a button that says "Post Quick Reply" in a few seconds. Silly button.