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Shorthanded Play

More fun, more play, more potential profit

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Jun 15, 2011

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Many players dislike shorthanded play, which is a shame. Full-ring game limit play is certainly profitable against the right lineup, but it can also be fairly dull as you fold hand after hand. Of course, playing more hands in full games is more interesting, but it is a sure way to lose more in the long run. In shorthanded games, you get to play many more hands; not all of them, as some players believe, because a somewhat tight-aggressive game is still the key to long-term success. Your range may open up from, say, 15 percent-18 percent in a nine-handed game to 55 percent-65 percent in a five-handed game. (I discussed several principles of shorthanded play in the July 18, 2007, issue of Card Player, which is available at www.CardPlayer.com.) Playing more hands usually increases volatility, and your stack may routinely yo-yo far more than it would in a typical ...


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