Earning a big stack in a cash game is quite rewarding. In addition to looking forward to the big payday of a strong session on the cash tables, having the big stack at the table can be fun. The opportunity to instill fear in opposing players is a great feeling when playing poker. Knowing everyone at the poker table is gunning for a piece of your stack is also exciting, as you know you are the man for the moment at least at the poker table. While playing with a big stack, there are some tactics one can employ to utilize the big stack effectively while minimizing one’s risk of imploding.
Focus on the Short Stacks
It is natural to open up the playbook when sporting a big stack. It is quite normal to begin bullying and testing the table. The most effective way of bullying is to pick on the small guy or the short stacks. The short stack players are quite limited in their options, as they are often faced with a decision to move all-in or fold. Because these players are restricted in such a manner, it is wise to bully them, forcing them to submit with inferior holdings or decide to play ball without the best of it. When we do run into a monster hand, the cost of defeat by the short stack’s hands is not terribly costly. Additionally, getting caught bullying the short stack with a garbage hand is cheap advertising for later use.
Avoid other Big Stacks
Another trick in playing with a big stack is avoiding tangling with fellow big stacked players while holding a marginal hand. Remember the golden rule of playing big pots with big hands while leaving small pots for small hands goes a long way in playing against fellow big stacked poker players. The big stacked players at Ultimate Bet Poker will notice you bullying the other players, but may not notice you are purposely avoiding them. When they are out to get you, they may be tricked into believing you are bullying them as well when you finally blow over the top of them with a monster. When well timed, you may own their stack as well, thus further reinforcing the stronghold your chip count already possesses over the poker table.
When playing poker with a big stack, it is important to maintain a dominant presence over the table. Bullying the short stacked players while selecting your spots carefully against fellow deep stacked players is key to maximizing the reward while minimizing the risk when rocking the deep stack.