Posted 29 May 2008 - 09:12 PM
Okay, a little background before I get started. As recently as November, I still sort-of worked for a living. I mean, I never really did much, but I was pretty sick of it. It was Zach who convinced me to put money online and make a legitimate run at it. I had intended to put 3k on, but could only do so at a clip of 750 per day. The first day, though, I played too big (as I often do) and ran it up pretty quickly.I was mixing 400NL 6-max and lower stakes HU and not doing particularly well at the latter. For a while, I stuck with 6-max and then one night, I lost my mind, lost a bunch of money and basically shut it all down. I bounced back shortly after by committing to becoming a winning HU player. This desire was magnified when I convinced one of my best friends to quit his job and play poker for a living.I talked to a variety of FCP'ers that I knew, that were good winning players, and developed a short stack style.My main weaknesses as a poker player:1) Getting crushed and playing too long/too high trying to get it back.2) Not making big folds.The style I utilize pretty much takes care of both issues. I play people that buy in for 40-60 blinds. I will very infrequently play up to 75 if I think the player has all of their money in play since scared poker plays into my strategy very well.I raise almost all buttons and very infrequently play OOP. I run 48/44 which I think is fairly in line with the other HU specialists on here. I used to play around 58/55 and have no idea when it dropped. Because of the short stacked opponents, I have to play more of a passive style than, say, Acid or Jordan might play in their games.Essentially, if I open and get 3-bet, I can (almost) *never 4-bet bluff*. My opponents essentially decide pretty quickly in a hand whether they intend to put all of their chips in the middle or not. Since I play mostly in position, I get to control the pot size until I'm ready to get it all in.The majority of time, I just raise them, they call (because that's what bad players do) and then check-fold the flops. Ideally, I grind them down to half their original buy in and then gamble with them. Sometimes they double, sometimes they don't. Regardless, you're essentially freerolling them with all of the money they called off hopelessly OOP.Players do win. They do hit and run (which doesn't bother me much). But when you do lose, you don't lose very much because they never have very much. It can be a boring, tedious style, but it is extremely low variance and very, very profitable. I'm winning at 15.28 bb/100 over the last 25,000 hands since I created a new PT database playing this style and my big losing days have always come when I've abandoned the strategy to chase money.