Another Short Stack Question

AcesaladAcesalad Red Chipper Posts: 240 ✭✭
edited March 2015 in General Concepts
I am thinking of adopting a short stack strategy for the simple reason of I don't have much of a bankroll. I don't live near any casinos but I do have a regular $1/$2 NLHE game with a lot a loose players that I can play in. Let's say I wanted to start with 50bb or $100. How many buy-ins should I have in my bankroll? Would 25 buy-ins ($2500) be sufficient?

If I decide to go this route what is a good way to learn about short stack strategy? I have heard about this Midstacking Course by Peter P James. Has anyone here used it that can give an opinion? Are there any other resources you would recommend?

Also, if you read this Ed, I have been watching your No Limit Hold 'em Made simple videos and am planning on buying the book. Would the book contents be useful with a short stack strategy or should I wait until I build my bankroll and play normal buy-ins?

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  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,032 -
    Acesalad wrote:
    I am thinking of adopting a short stack strategy for the simple reason of I don't have much of a bankroll. I don't live near any casinos but I do have a regular $1/$2 NLHE game with a lot a loose players that I can play in. Let's say I wanted to start with 50bb or $100. How many buy-ins should I have in my bankroll? Would 25 buy-ins ($2500) be sufficient?

    If I decide to go this route what is a good way to learn about short stack strategy? I have heard about this Midstacking Course by Peter P James. Has anyone here used it that can give an opinion? Are there any other resources you would recommend?

    Also, if you read this Ed, I have been watching your No Limit Hold 'em Made simple videos and am planning on buying the book. Would the book contents be useful with a short stack strategy or should I wait until I build my bankroll and play normal buy-ins?

    I suggest more buyins to have a full bankroll for shortstacking as the variance can be quite high. That being said, if you aren't playing professionally and can add to your poker bankroll with outside money (like paychecks), $2500 is a great starting bankroll.

    If you are pretty new to midstacking, the course by Peter P James is a good bet. If you've been shortstacking for a long time and have done most of the math yourself, I'd skip it.
  • AcesaladAcesalad Red Chipper Posts: 240 ✭✭
    I am not a professional. I am currently trying to add to my bankroll with other money but I don't want to do that indefinitely. So if I am not trying to make a living with this money but I did want to get it to an amount where I hope not to have to add to it how many buy-ins should I start with? Also, is part 1 of the Midstacking course sufficient to play successfully or do I need part 2 also? Thanks for your help!
  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,032 -
    Acesalad wrote:
    I am not a professional. I am currently trying to add to my bankroll with other money but I don't want to do that indefinitely. So if I am not trying to make a living with this money but I did want to get it to an amount where I hope not to have to add to it how many buy-ins should I start with? Also, is part 1 of the Midstacking course sufficient to play successfully or do I need part 2 also? Thanks for your help!

    3.5k would be pretty safe imo.

    Part 1 is enough to get started for sure. The combo is better value, but if you are cash strapped, part 1 will get you going =)
  • AcesaladAcesalad Red Chipper Posts: 240 ✭✭
    3.5K would be difficult for me to get to. Would reducing my buy-in to 40bb be feasible. The description for the Midstacking course said it has heavy emphasis on 40bb-60bbs. Then $2,500 would give me a little over 31 buy-ins.
  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,032 -
    Acesalad wrote:
    3.5K would be difficult for me to get to. Would reducing my buy-in to 40bb be feasible. The description for the Midstacking course said it has heavy emphasis on 40bb-60bbs. Then $2,500 would give me a little over 31 buy-ins.

    well 3.5k is the point where you likely wouldn't have to add to it from paychecks and such. If you have 2.5k now (or around that), just play and add with paychecks...then when you hit about 3.5k you shouldn't need to add paychecks to it anymore (if that makes sense)

    And yes, I think 40bb is a better place to start than 50bb (personal opinion)
  • Ed MillerEd Miller RCP Coach Posts: 330
    The book is written with deeper-stacked play in mind. But if you play $1-$2 with 40-50BB buyins, you'll find some of the ideas useful around the edges in pots where you aren't just raising and then betting until you're all-in.
  • AcesaladAcesalad Red Chipper Posts: 240 ✭✭
    Thank you James.

    Thank you Ed.

    I appreciate your help.
  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,032 -
    You're very welcome!

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