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Adjustments to make for ridiculously short BI games?

I was recently in the Dominican Republic, and the hotel I stayed at, the Gran Almirante in Santiago, spread poker with BIs being amongst the most ridiculous I'd ever seen.


For NLHE, the blinds were DR$100/200, with the min buy in being DR$2000 (uncapped max BI). $1 USD = ~ DR$40, so we're looking at effectively a $2/5 game, but with a min 10bb BI (!). And predictably, everyone bought in for the min... sometimes after being felted, people re-bought for even less, DR$1000 or 5bb :(

What adjustments would you advise making for such a shallow stack structure?

What I did is bought in enough to cover everyone (which sadly was 20bb), and treated it like a tournament in the late stages with small effective stacks: my opening size was 3x (or 2x in late position) + 1x for every limper, I tightened up my range considerably, and was playing about 15/12. The only good news is, the players were bad.

Interestingly, I was surprised (and delighted) as a PLO player that they spread Omaha as well... but it was No Limit Omaha, with a single DR$200 blind on the button, and a min buy-in of DR$5000. So at least there they bought in for 25bb min... but that's as silly for Omaha as 10bb is for NLHE, imo.

Regardless of stack size, people were shoving all in with AAxx and KKxx... it was pretty gross. What adjustments should be made in a NLO game with this short BI, single blind, and overly aggressive preflop action?

Comments

  • whatsyourplay? Posts: 752Member
    NLH with 10 BB is easy. Position becomes almost irrelevant. Play high cards only and GAAAMMBOOOLLLL!!! Laugh
  • nahcretep Posts: 108Subscriber
    Whatsyourplay, would you say the same thing about a game that the max buy in is 33 bb ( about the gambling aspect) . at commerce casino in LA, it is 2/3$ blind and 100$ buy in. I have very low c-bet% and only play the hand if I flop something big.....
  • Philly Dave Posts: 114Subscriber
    I'm pretty sure I wouldn't play in this game actually unless it was 100% for fun... it's basically roulette with cards. If I had to strategize I guess it would be to play less hands than all of my opponents (higher value hands on average) and shove or fold. If there was any fold equity????? It might be profitable I guess to ship over limpers from the blinds when we have good immediate odds and we are last to act.

    So yeah I guess I would play premiums and do some blind shipping.... and drink a lot.
  • whatsyourplay? Posts: 752Member
    PeterChan said

    Whatsyourplay, would you say the same thing about a game that the max buy in is 33 bb ( about the gambling aspect) . at commerce casino in LA, it is 2/3$ blind and 100$ buy in. I have very low c-bet% and only play the hand if I flop something big.....
    With 33 BB, you definitely have more room to maneuver postflop. It is less of a push/fold game, unless the other players are raising something like 8x pre, then you could basically shove preflop.
    If preflop raises are small/normal, you should also play mainly high card hands and avoid speculative hands. Avoid drawing hands and implied odds type hands. One exception: if you are in late position in an unraised pot, you can try to limp behind with speculative hands and see a flop.
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