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Stack Size and Decisions in NL Holdem Poker

Jun 8, 2008
When playing no limit poker, the stack size of every player at the table is critical. Let's explore a few examples of how these decisions are affected by stack size. Hopefully, after identifying these situations, you will see the value in noting your opponents stack sizes.

Here is a simple hand situation showing how play varies due to stack size. You are in a NL Holdem game with $1/$2 blinds. You are in the small blind with no action yet. You have $500 and hold 4,4. The player that's the big blind has only $25, so you can simply go all in or make a bet and push after the flop. This should make you money.

Let's see what happens if we change the big blinds stack to $500. Pushing all in wouldn't be such a good idea. Even though you would win the blinds often, getting called spells disaster. You will normally lose $500 trying to steal $3.

Let's take it one step further. Would you risk $100,000 for the lousy $3 in the pot? Even if your opponent only plays A,A (which happens 1/220 times), you will win the $3 two hundred and nineteen times. However, the one time you do get called, you will lose the $100,000, 80% of the time.

If you could convince the guy with a $25 stack to only play A,A you can push all in and make money consistently. You will show a nice profit even without ever winning when he has A,A.

Now, let's say you've got $500 with 3,3. Again the blinds are $1/$2 and you complete the blind. Your opposition raises to $10. With different stacks, you might be correct to fold, call, or raise.

If he has $15 you could do any of the three options and be correct. How well you know your opponent is the deciding factor. If he has something like $40 this is an easy fold.

WIth this hand, you need to get that 3rd three to be confident to win and that is only a one out of eight times event. And, you are only going to make five times the $8 if you had called. Given a $500 stack, you can easily call and when you hit your hand, you might make way more than the 8 times you need to for long term profits.

Holding 6,7 suited is a good hand when the table is full of chips. You can make big bucks when this type of hand hits. When everyone is short stacked this hand just can't get paid enough on the few times it actually hits.

When you have a big pocket pair, like A,A or K,K you can find yourself in some tough situations. This hits home when when everyone has a lot of chips. These hands can be tough to fold after the flop and can be very costly when your opponent hits and you don't.

If we turn this around the A,A and K,K hands do great in the short stacked situations. With preflop betting and a good hand you will rarely fold. These are pretty routine conditions to play.

These are some simple cases that show the basic reasons why stack size is so important in no limit holdem. With everyone having a different stack size, it can get very complicated deciding what to do. You always need to do your best, as hands play out, to determine how every players chip stack will affect future play.
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