Don't help the short stack....PLEASE!
Be it SNG or MTT, I see way too many players making this mistake again and again. They help the short stack build back up. These are undoubtedly inexperienced players, and you may be one of them, so listen up! Before you enter a pot, please have a look at al the stacks on the table (you should do this anyway, for SOOOOOO many reasons) but even if you are new and dont have a firm grasp on how to read your table this is easy to remember. If any player(s) have less than 6-7 BB or adjusted BB (M) you should know that they will be re raising any standard bet to all in if they are in the hand, and only if they are really dumb (or really strong) will they be calling here, especially when we are in mid blinds and higher. So if you are, say, in LP and a SS is to follow, DO NOT enter this hand unless you are OK to call the shove from the SS. I see it so often. A medium stack in CO or button or even SB makes a standard raise and then folds to the SS shove. (Seldom is it chip dumping, more often stupidity). Some players think they will make a standard raise to steal, and fold to the re steal. This can be OK as long as you DO NOT fold when it is the short player pushing. So if you want to steal, only fold if another player comes over the top after the SS pushes. If another player calls, decide ahead of time what you will do here as well. Say you steal with KTo, and the SS goes all in and another player calls. If you push all in here, the caller may go out and if you dont take it down, you have tripled the SS. It is to everyones advantage to pay attention to this. Sometimes on the bubble it may be an advantage to keep a SS alive to bully the mid stacks, but only then, and only sometimes if you know your table and KNOW this will help you bully. So, please, look and think before you enter a pot. This is good advice anyway, but always think about what you want a bet to accomplish, and have a plan B if your bet yields other results than you wanted. Never just raise without knowing what you will do in the event of a re raise. And never raise if you will fold to the re raise of the SS! Kinda goes with out saying, but never limp to a SS either.