No Limit Hold’em Short Stack Strategy Guide – Part 1, Playing with a 10BB Stack

No limit hold’em has become the true game of choice over the past couple of years thanks to the television coverage and the proliferation of online capped buyin games. But getting started in the game can be tough due to its complexity, as skilled players have a big advantage over even the well-read beginner. Experience and discipline are key to winning at no limit hold’em, and these only come in time.

Fortunately the new player, or even the experienced player looking for an easy edge can turn the tables on the opposition by making one simple adjustment – buying in for less than the maximum amount of chips allowed. There are many advantages to this as will be discussed later in this series, but for now we will start with the simplest strategy of all, playing with stacks of only ten times the big blind.

Only a few sites allow the 10% or 10bb buyin, with the most prominent being probably the Prima Poker network. Many live games allow 10bb buyins as well, especially at the smaller stakes. The good thing about learning this strategy is that with a few adjustments you can take it to sit and go and multi table tournaments as well, where 10bb stacks are common. 텍사스홀덤

With 10 times the big blind there are only two moves preflop: all-in or fold. Any other size raise commits you to the hand; if reraised or if you see a flop, you will be getting odds that are so good that you should simply put the rest of your chips in the pot and hope for the best. So all you need to know are what hands to push with. To understand what hands have value in such a situation, you should definitely check out No Limit Hold’em: Theory and Practice for its excellent Sklansky/Chubukov numbers that solve this problem exactly. But I will give a good enough list based on the book here. The list assumes a ten handed table.

* Early Position (the first three positions): AA-TT, AK-AQ

* Middle Position (the next three): Add 99-88, AJ, AT suited

* Cutoff: Add 77-66, AT-A8, A7-A5s KQ, KJs

* Button: Add any pair, any ace, KJ-KT, K9s, QJs

* Small Blind: Add K5+, Kxs, QJ-Q9, Q5s+, JT, J8s+, T9s

This is a fairly tight range, and if you have a read that your opponents are playing tightly against your pushes you can add a few more hands. But my experience is that you will be called by some very poor hands, meaning much of your profits will come from poor calls made by your opponents.

The next problem for to solve in short stack no limit is what to do when facing an open raise. Usually the raise will be to 3-4 times the big blind. Once again your only play is to fold or push. The exact strategy varies greatly on the aggressiveness of the raiser, but these general guidelines are probably decent enough to use in most situations.

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