Poker Strategy

Deep Stack Poker Strategy for Tournament And Cash Game

Deep Stack Poker Strategy for Tournament And Cash Game

Some say that collisions in deep stack games in live settings represent the pinnacle of No-Limit Texas Hold'em, showcasing the utmost skill among legendary figures in the poker world. These individuals have left behind unforgettable classic hands in deep stack poker games.

Deep Stack Poker Strategy Game Introduction

Hello everyone, welcome to the third episode of Texas Hold'em chip strategy for deep stack poker strategy.

Some say that collisions in deep stack games in live settings represent the pinnacle of No-Limit Texas Hold'em, showcasing the utmost skill among legendary figures in the poker world. These individuals have left behind unforgettable classic hands in deep stack poker games.

Deep Stack Poker Strategy for Tournament And Cash Game

In my opinion, the most significant difference between deep stack play and the earlier strategies for medium and short stacks is the pressure involved.

Let's explore deep stack poker strategy ideas through examples to understand the sources of pressure.

Deep Stack Poker Strategy For Poker Tournament

In deep stack poker strategy, transitioning into a deep stack during the early-to-mid stages of a tournament signifies entering a marathon. Since tournament profits come from prize placements, successfully converting chip EV into bonus EV is crucial for deep stack players.

After becoming a deep stack player, cautious judgment of positions is essential, especially in the middle to later stages of the tournament when there is more than one deep stack player.

Let's examine the following example:

Final table with 6 players, blinds at 5,000/10,000/10,000. UTG calls with 600,000, and we are on the button with 6s6d. The player in the small blind has 630,000 and also calls. The small blind folds, and the big blind pushes all-in for 35,000. Both UTG and we decide to call. The pot is 85,000.

The flop comes Js 10c 6h.

UTG checks, and here, even though we hit a set on the flop, logically, betting to extract value seems like the right move. However, while the chip EV is positive for betting, the bonus EV could be negative. This is because, with one player already all-in pre-flop, there is a certainty of seeing the river card. In other words, we lack the fold equity of one player.

Moreover, due to the possibility of backdoor draws, our aggression might eliminate potential cards that could eliminate the big blind, giving them a better chance of surviving and advancing. Therefore, the most ideal action here would be to check and evaluate on the river, regardless of the specific hand.

Deep Stack Poker Strategy For Poker Cash Games

Deep Stack Poker Strategy For Poker Cash Games

In deep stack games, the battle between deep stacks comes down to a simple aspect: ranges. Whoever has a more balanced range will be less susceptible to punishment from other deep stack players.

Consider the following example:

Six-handed table, blinds at 100/200. UTG raises to 700, folds to the button, who 3-bets to 1,800. UTG 4-bets to 4,000, and the button calls. Both players have 500 big blinds behind, and the pot is 8,300.

The flop comes As 4d 9d.

UTG continues with a bet of 6,500, and the button raises to 26,500. UTG, holding AdKh, contemplates his move.

In this scenario, the UTG player is a recreational player who plays poker less frequently, while the button player is a professional poker player. UTG has the Ace of diamonds, meaning the opponent does not have the nuts with a flush containing an Ace. The possible hands for the opponent are:

1. A single pair hitting an Ace, where UTG is ahead.
2. A straight draw with two high cards, where UTG is ahead.
3. Two pairs or better, where UTG is behind.

UTG decides to call, and the pot is now 61,300.

The turn is 8h.

UTG leads with a bet of 25,000, and the button goes all-in.

Experienced players will understand that UTG's turn bet yields minimal value. The button, upon re-raising, will likely continue attacking on subsequent streets. UTG's early lead only removes weaker hands, leaving strong hands behind. Once UTG bets 25,000, if the button raises, the pot will escalate quickly.

61,300 + 25,000 + 25,000 = 111,300, and UTG's remaining stack is below 1:1 in comparison to the pot. In other words, they are pot-committed.

Conclusion for Deep Stack Poker Strategy

In deep stack poker strategy, if sizing isn't managed well, situations like the pot-committed example in a live setting may occur, and such scenarios often result in being behind. Therefore, in terms of sizing and ranges, the room for error is not as high as one might imagine in deep stack games.

That concludes the introduction to deep stack poker strategy. We've now covered three different strategies for different chip structures. Please familiarize yourselves with these strategies and apply them wisely in your games for maximum effectiveness. Until next time!


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