Short Stack Charts


I ran some numbers today on when to call short stack shoves after you raise and they come over the top. With a simple spreadsheet and Poker Stove these things are easy to figure out. If I still played a lot of cash no-limit Holdem, I would make a bunch of these charts so that I was prepared for any possible short stack poker situation. Here are the two I put together for a couple of my students.

Assuming you have made a standard raise to three times the blind, the 20 BB short stack has come over the top all-in, and no one else is involved in the hand, you should be calling a hand that has about 42% equity against his range.  That gives you the following chart for that situation –

Opp Hand Range  =  Opp Percentage       Correct Calling Range

JJ+, AK                                 3 %                                      AKs, JJ+

99+, AK                                 4 %                                     AKo, JJ+

99+, AQo+                            5 %                                    AKo, TT+

88+, AJs, AQo                     6 %                                    AKo, 99+

77+, ATs, KQs, AQo          7%                                    AQs, 99+

77+, ATs, KQs, AJo           8%                                    AQo+, 88+

66+, ATs, KQo, AJo           9%                                    77+, AJs+, AQo+

44+, ATs, KQo, AJo           10%                                 66+, AJo+

44+, ATs, KQo, AJo           11%                                 66+, AJo+

If you get one caller before the short stack raises all-in for 20 BB, then you can call a little wider because of the extra money in the pot. In this spot you need to have around 39% equity against their range, and I dropped that in to a spreadsheet as well, with the following results.

Opp Hand Range  =  Opp Percentage       Correct Calling Range

JJ+, AK                                 3 %                                      AKs, JJ+

99+, AK                                 4 %                                     AKo, JJ+

99+, AQo+                            5 %                                    AQs, TT+

88+, AJs, AQo                     6 %                                    AQs, 99+

77+, ATs, KQs, AQo          7%                                    AQo, AJs, 88+

77+, ATs, KQs, AJo           8%                                    AQo+, AJs, 77+

66+, ATs, KQo, AJo           9%                                    77+, AJs+, AQo+

44+, ATs, KQo, AJo           10%                                 66+, AJo+

44+, ATs, KQo, AJo           11%                                 66+, AJo+

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