re: Poker & Short stack book
Originally Posted by KingIv3rson
most ppl recommend a book called the little green book. i have seen it come up in alot of threads. i found it on amazon and i ordered it, should be here within a couple weeks, once i read a little bit of it ill let you know if i recommend it or not. i need to get as many pokerbooks as i can too. id love to get some advice from the pros.
The Little Green Book
(and the follow-up Little Blue Book
) are fantastic for beginning players. Phil Gordon does a really good job of explaing the basic concepts of tight, aggressive play and if you're a beginner they'll improve your play 100% overnight.
They don't focus a great deal on short stack play from memory though - in fact I'm pretty sure all the ring game hands in the blue book talk exclusively about 100BB stacks. He might mention it in passing for tournaments but that's about it.
FWIW there's a reason nobody's bothered to write a book dedicated to short-stack strategy: it's painfully simple. In fact I can sumarise it in one sentence:
Waiting for the right hand / situation to push (pairs / big aces / paint if you're really short), then either you double up or get eliminated / reload.
Because you're short, your options are limited and your 'strategy' as such is pretty straightforward.