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In poker, the player with the smallest number of chips at the table is know as “The Short Stack.” It’s obviously not a great position to be in, and given the choice no one would want to occupy it. However, as poker players we don’t get given that choice and no matter how good you are, if you’re a regular tournament player, you will have found yourself labelled The Short Stack at some point in your career.
Players generally find themselves in this position for one of two reasons. The most likely one is that you’ve slowly been leaking chips over the course of your current game. Whether’s it’s down to bad luck or poor decisions, most of your chips you started off with are now sitting in front of your opponents.
The other way you might find yourself as the short stack is if you’ve joined a tournament late. If your opponents have been playing for a while, then it’s more than likely they will have built up their chips and as someone just entering the tournament, you will be needing to catch them up.
Whatever the reason for you being the short stack though, you need to have a successful strategy for picking up chips and making sure climb up the tournament ladder nice and quickly.
The main problem with finding yourself low on chips is that you suddenly have a lot less room to maneuver. This is especially true if you’re playing in a tournament. When playing Hold’em Poker, the majority of the chips in any one hand will be bet on the turn and the river. This is a problem for you, the short stack, as it means that you’re unlikely to be able to afford to see many cards after the flop.
Bearing this in mind, you need to make sure that you don’t end up playing marginal hands which are just going to end up with you hemorrhaging more poker chips. Forget about small pocket pairs or suited connectors – the chances of you making your straight/flush aren’t particularly high and you run the risk of being re-raised by one of your opponents. These hands are better off played with a deep stack of chips. Continue reading