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SHORT-HANDED GAMES


  Short-handed games are fast-paced, aggressive games. 

  Passive play is generally always losing play. 

  In short-handed games, passive play is a very fast way to lose You won’t go far wrong if   you play a five-handed game as if it were a ten-handed game where the first five players   have folded. 

  You won’t go far wrong if you use that approach, but you will go wrong. 

  The distribution of hands in a short-handed game will be about the same as the distribution   of hands in a full game where the first few players have folded. 

  It’s not exact, but it’s close.The difference is that the blinds are moving around much faster   in a short-handed game.           

  The initial amount of money in the pot in the form of the blinds is the same whether it’s a   ten-handed game or a five-handed game, but in the short-handed game, the average   amount each player is contributing is twice what it is in a full game. 

  The effect of that is to increase the importance of winning more than your share of the   blinds.  

  The major strategy adjustment for a short-handed game is to play slightly looser and a lot   more aggressively than you would in a full game with the same position. 

  Continue this strategy after the flop.Semi-bluff draws aggressively. 

  Play the top pair as a very strong hand, and play the second and even third pair as a strong   hand. 

  Unrelenting aggression is the key to winning at short-handed games.

 

   

 

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