Maybe I'm wrong (nahhhh) but I believe knowing how to play when you're shortstacked is critical to your success. Being shortstacked doesn't mean you're out by any sense, but you cannot play the same way as you play when you have an average stack.
If anything, I find I play BETTER when I'm shortstacked. No limping (not that I limp much anyway) and aggressive play. People tend not to want to call all-ins unless they have a big pair. And usually people don't have big pairs.
I once came in second in a tournament after being so shortstacked I had ONLY ONE CHIP. I shiat you not. Granted, the chip was a 500 chip, but still!
When I come in the money either I got chips early and kept my comfy lead till we're in the money, or I'm shortstacked and make a great comeback. I NEVER COME IN THE MONEY BY CRUISING ALONG AS MS. AVERAGE. Let me tell you, I am ANYTHING but average.
Last Saturday when we got to the final table, there were a few shortstacks there. Fortunately, I was NOT one of them. One guy (who I didn't know) was lamenting about his chip status. I gave him encouragement, saying it didn't mean much, but he needed to double up ASAP.
"You cannot wait till you're down to nothing. You need to make a move now, before you have any less." said I.
Of course Jew Boy's two cents were "Jo, you know this is a competition, right?"
Yeah, I know it's a competition. But the shortstacked guy was limping in and then folding. Jesus - the only thing he's gonna accomplish is maybe beating some traffic home.
I know myself that when I'm in a tourney if there is a short stack betting after me, I'm very cautious cuz you just never know. And I HATE calling and all in - I'd rather be the one in first. I like making my competitor make that tough decision. Either he folds and I win the blinds (yay) or he calls and hopefully that call puts me at better than 50% to win.
Last week at Wednesday poker, Jew Boy was VERY shortstacked and came back to win the game. That's the kind of playing that impresses me. He changed his play and it worked. One or two double ups is all you need.
BTW that guy didn't make it to the money. He didn't listen to Auntie Josie.
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