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No-Limit Hold’em – Defending a Deep Stack

by Daragh Thomas |  Published: Apr 01, 2010


One of the innovations that online poker companies have come up with is “deep tables”. These are tables on which the maximum stack is 300 big blinds (bbs) rather than the normal 100bbs. The minimum buy-in is usually higher than normal as well, although that varies. A good rule of thumb is that the deeper the effective stacks, the more complicated poker is which is why so many tournament players have difficulty playing cash games. With 300bbs as the effective stack, it’s very rare to get all in preflop, or on the flop, so this means you are going to be forced to play the turn and river. Hands change value as well, a hand like A-K is a good example. Usually with 100bbs it’s profitable to get all in with it, almost regardless of the circumstances. Or sometimes you will commit yourself with it preflop and get it in on almost any flop. ...

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