Poker As You Develop Your Hand Starting With A Stack Of Different Size

If we call the bet of 4 and we are facing a single opponent, the pot becomes 9.5, and we will get 16 to play for the rest of the hand (R = 1.5). A bet on the flop about two thirds of the plate (6), if called, let us turn to the 10 to play in a bowl of 21.5 (R = 0.5). If instead of calling, we raise to 14 the flop there remain only 6 for a plate of 29.5 (R = 0.2).

Stack of 60 BB

If we call, we are on the flop with 56 over a plate of 9.5 (R = 6), if we focus on the flop come 6 on the turn with a stack of 50 over a plate of 21.5 (R = 2.5), and if we reach 16 we aim to turn the river with a stack of 34 over a plate of 53.5 (R = 0.6). But if we raise to 14, the flop we have a stack of 46 over a plate of 29.5 (R = 1.5), and a bet on the flop of 20 with 26 we arrive on the turn in front of a plate of 69.5 (R = 0.4).

Stack of 100 BB

Leaving the verification of the calculations to the reader, in case the call of the value of R 4 to the flop, turn and river will be respectively equal to 10, 4 and 1.3. In the case of recovery, the ratio drops to 3, 1 and 0.2.

300 BB stack

Also according to the same examples, we are calling the preflop bet on the flop, turn and river with a R of 31, 13 and 5, after the recovery values become 10,4 and 1.4.

For beginners cash Poker game is often (correctly) suggested to start playing short stack. The real reason should be clear from this analysis: starting with 20 BB or not we move in tight spaces, and even if we just call a raise of others, the flop we will decide the fate of the entire stack.

Poker As You Develop Your Hand Starting With A Stack Of Different Size

In other words, the number of decisions to make during the hand is effectively halved (we finish at the latest all-in on the flop and the turn and we can only stand by and watch the river), and obviously there are fewer decisions to make, the less chance of being wrong.

It is known that the best strategy to play short stack is based on a rigorous selection of hands preflop, to play aggressively, less obvious, sometimes, is the true meaning of “short stack” and the threshold (in terms of number of big blind ) beyond which the strategy should be applied: arithmetic tells us that the principles already apply with 20 BB. A corollary of these principles suggests that there is no point trying to perform complex maneuvers post flop when you do not have the necessary tools.