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Playing an Extremely Short Stack – Part 4

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Sep 05, 2012


This column continues a series of columns on playing an extremely short stack in tournaments. First I want to summarize some of the main points I have already made. One of the most important skills a tournament player can develop is the ability to make the correct decisions with and against extremely short stacks. The reason this skill is important for tournament players, and relatively unimportant for cash game players, is because short stack situations occur very frequently in the crucial stages of tournaments, starting just before the money and continuing to the end of the final table. Thus they have a huge impact on your tournament results. In cash games these decisions are less frequent, since players add chips, and less important, since they represent only a small percentage of your result. Fold equity is created by going all-in and winning an uncontested pot. If your stack becomes extremely ...

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