This is a discussion on Is a short stack strategy profitable in this live game format? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; My local casino has a weird buy-in amount for $1/$2 and $1/$3 games: Rather than your typical 40bb to 100bb, it has:
- $1/$2 has min
Is a short stack strategy profitable in this live game format?
My local casino has a weird buy-in amount for $1/$2 and $1/$3 games: Rather than your typical 40bb to 100bb, it has:
- $1/$2 has min BI of 20bb ($40) and max BI of 40bb ($80)
- $1/$3 has min BI of 17bb ($50) and max BI of 67bb ($200)
So I was thinking of going to a $1/$3 table and only buying in for about 20bb ($60). My plan would be to play super nitty preflop whilst watching all the fish limp-call $20 with low pocket pairs and marginal hands like K7s. I would wait for a strong hand (AJ+, KQ and 99+) and then I would either limp-shove (in early position), open raise to something like $25 and shove any flop (in late position), or 3bet shove preflop (if someone open raises before me).
The other benefit is that games tend to run deep at my casino (last time I played $1/$3 there were 3 players with over 200bb on the table) and deep-stacked players tend to call 5bb raises with marginal hands, making a 3bet shove seem like a good way to exploit them.
The main reason I am coming up with this strategy is because my BR is low and I can't handle huge variance swings at the moment. With this strategy, I only risk $60 at a time and I think I can get my money in good more often than not.
Would this strategy work?
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I can see the merits of employing this strategy, it has a small downside with a potential loss of the minimum. And a decent upside in that if your strategy works you will be able to play in a bigger game than your br would allow you and from there you can build faster. Seems almost like a cash game satellite honestly.
In a coaching session with Greg Merson and the late Chad Brown that I had attended this very topic was brought up. Both pros leading the session talked of the strategy and highly recommended it. The benefits they listed were the same as above and they liked it gives you experience on the cheap to learn.
I have never personally tried it, only because when I sit at the table I like to maximize my upside by having enough stack to get max for the table. Please report back on how it worked for you if you attempt this, I would really be I treated to hear! Good luck!