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Playing an Extremely Short Stack, Part III

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Aug 22, 2012

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I began this series of columns by stating that one of the most important skills a tournament player can develop is the ability to make the correct play with an extremely short stack. When I state something this strongly, I am usually quite confident that it is correct. In this case, I am still confident that I am right. One of the most important skills a tournament player can develop is the ability to make the correct play with an extremely short stack. But I was lax in not providing some explanation of why this is the case. Why is playing a short stack an important skill for a tournament player, and not a particularly important skill for a cash game player? Let’s look at two similar situations – one from a cash game and one from a tournament. Cash game: No antes, blinds $10-$20. The game looks good and ...


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