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Playing an Extremely Short Stack: Part II

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Aug 08, 2012


One of the most important skills a tournament player can develop is the ability to make the correct play with an extremely short stack. Many of these decisions turn out to be more mathematical than decisions involving deep stacks. In the previous column, we looked at a situation in which you had a very short stack (less than the amount of the raise) in the big blind and saw that you had more equity calling the raise, even though it was from a conservative player, with any hand. I neglected to discuss what exactly constitutes a short stack. How do you know when you have one? It is relatively common for players to compare their stack to the average stack, and decide that a below average stack is short, and one well below average is very short. In a way this is true. Your stack is short compared to the ...

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