Stack Up The Poker Odds

How many of you sit down at a Cash/Ring poker table and can't decide what amount is best to sit down with? A short poker stack has many advantages, the main and most obvious one being that you can’t lose as much money playing poker if you get a bad beat. However, this equally can be a disadvantage if you reverse the situation and do win – you don’t win as much!

Some players like to sit down with the maximum at a table in order to:

  1. Maximize their wins
  2. Intimidate their opponents with the strength of a big stack

It can be uncomfortable being short stacked against a poker player with a lot of money, as they can easily push you off pots and make you commit to hands that you may not want to. But, likewise, with a small stack you may be more inclined to see weaker hands as there is less for you to lose.

You may also find with a short stack that you get more action on your strong hands, because a player with a bigger stack will have less to lose by chasing the cards he wants.

For example, if he has $300 and you have $50 the maximum he can lose is $50; that for the chance to win the pot can be very tempting. Whereas if you had a bigger stack, say $300 as well, he may have to commit a lot more to see his hand and it is a much bigger risk to the player.

Also remember, if you can’t afford to sit at a table with the maximum buy-in then you are probably playing the wrong stakes. Experts say that generally you should sit down with at least 50 to 100 times the big blind in order to maximize your profits and safe-guard you from a quick exit.

So how do you decide whether to buy-in with a big stack or a short stack? Try out both and see which one best suits your playing style.

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