It's rather a vital talent while playing internet-based poker to know which hands to truly get entangled with. However , the strongest players in the game also be aware of each opponent's stack size, particularly those opponents who haven't begun to act in a hand and are short stacked. Tracking of short stacks at the table, will have a big impact on your call to raise, call or fold.
which will sound grim nevertheless it is definitely true where for example you've an attractive hand like QJ suited in late position, that you would typically raise you are first to act. However , if one of the blinds is a short stack and is probably going to move all in, you'll possibly need to reconsider this encounter based totally on both of your stack sizes. Although your antagonist could be short stacked, him winning a marginal outside bet hand could make you a short stack.
Some players plainly go to far out of their way to try to eliminate a short stack, without thoughtfulness of their own situation should it be if they lose a hand. Too frequently, too much is hanging in the balance where you are only a narrow favourite to win the hand, without seeing the bigger picture.
The challenge in causing short stacks to play with you is that since they do not have much of a choice, you may quite often the participating into a dreadful EV situation. Now this isn't true if you've a giant stack or a green mzoned where you can simply yield losing it. The theory behind this is if you enter in enough of these hands you're going to be positive EV and can significantly better your chances of cashing big in the contest.
These sort of ICM plays also fare well when you are three or four handed, and the blinds are rather huge to all of the players remaining at the table. That may be a reasonable and reccomended strategy and most standard guidance that you read about in these scenarios will concur. Nonetheless at a full table - you want to take special note of stack positions of everybody remaining.