This is a discussion on Short Stack Turbo Strategy within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Hi,
I would just like to get everybody's advice on a structure that's basically the only one we have available here in South Africa.
the only real strategy is to shove with premiums and hope they don't suck out on you. the other option is to add on which i see a lot of ppl do in mtts i play with a starting stack of 1000 which gives them the unfair advantage of ppl with little to no bankroll which i feel is a waste of money since a min cash is less than the add on
Short stack? Maybe. What do the blinds start at? 10/20? 15/30? If so, it's more of a medium stack tournament. While there are cases where shoving can be mathematically correct, it's not necessarily the best move.
You do see a lot of aggression in any turbo short stack play, but I don't consider that the only way to play. I think the reason you see others playing that way is that it's "easier", not necessarily better. Shove a couple times, hope to quadruple up, and if you bust, yay, that didn't take long ....unlike building a stack slowly.
Of course, re-buys also tend to make things more aggressive, though that makes no sense to me. If you bust out and re-buy, it's really no different than just flat out losing...and then going to a different tournament and buying in late. Either way, you lost a tournament / buy-in. The fact that a re-buy puts you instantly back in and that it's at the same table doesn't help your winnings.
Would need more information to really give a better response. With out knowing the structure its really hard to say. When I played in my 1st live game at a casino with 15 min blinds and a starting stack of 1500 most people today would say the event was so short stacked to start with it was a joke. 1st blind levels were 10-20, followed by 20-40 so what it sound like was not so bad.
Without any other info I would play my hands aggressively but not reckless. Good luck to you.
Thanks for the replies guys. Yeah blinds start at 10/20. 8 min levels. 1500 starting. I think marcumx is correct in that one should be sort of patient and wait for the big hands and get it in. I do usually take the add-on as I don't see the point of not taking it. Thanks
Aggression will definitely serve you, honestly it's probably the only way to play, take advantage of limpers on the table, always value your position and maintain a semi tight image. Don't be afraid to bluff and make them reasonably sized.