Back before Greg Raymer was the World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, he was a lowly part-time internet player like so many today. Raymer was primarily a sit-and-go player where 9 or 10 players battle it out at a single table. While this advanced strategy can work in live poker, it is especially suited to online poker. These tournaments have a rapidly increasing blind schedule and require approach to strategy and technique that can differ from a multi-table tournament. One tool that Raymer is credited with creating is a play using advanced poker strategy called the Stop and Go.
The stop and go is an advanced poker strategy used specifically for when you dealt a pocket pair and are short stacked in an online poker tournament. This strategy works best when you are in the big blind and face a raise from a single opponent. The best way to illustrate this play is through an example:
You are in the big blind with 9 big blinds and are dealt pocket eights. A player in late position opens the pot for a standard 3x BB raise. Action folds around to you and you simply make the call, however, you commit yourself to pushing all-in no matter what comes on the flop. This is the essence of stop and go, and why it is considered advanced strategy.
There are three reasons why the stop and go technique can be a successful play a high percentage of the time.
By delaying your all-in move until after the flop with the stop and go technique you give yourself a few extra ways to pick up the pot, possibly with the worst hand. Unless your opponent hits the flop hard, they will have a tough time making the call after the flop, whereas pre-flop they may have easily called the raise.
The key to pulling off a successful stop and go technique is committing yourself to the push no matter what three cards fall on the flop. If you were to chicken out and check to the original raiser you leave yourself open to an easy steal with a continuation bet. If you are short, and spot your opportunity for this play, commit yourself fully to the stop and go strategy and hope to gain some extra chips to mount your comeback.
By Tom Bostic
- Poker Expert
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