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Playing an Extremely Short Stack – Part VII

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Oct 17, 2012


This column will focus on the relationship between stack size and bubble play. I will assume that you are in a tournament with a fairly normal structure. This means that approximately 10 percent of the players will make the money. The bubble occurs at the point when the next player eliminated gets nothing, but the player after him receives a minimum payout. This minimum payout is often somewhere close to twice the entry fee into the tournament. There is a significant cash difference for those who survive the bubble. After the bubble bursts, payouts increase slowly. Each pay jump is worth only slightly more than the last one. Only the struggle for one of the final few spots will produce jumps in payout as large as the initial money bubble. (Normally that much additional cash for surviving one more spot won’t occur again until late in the tournament.) This means ...

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