When to Shove

When to shove and when to get out the way...

We have seen in the previous article about bubble play how your strategy should change during this crucial period in any single table tournament (STT).

You need to know exactly what hands you should be getting involved with, and what you should do when the action is on you.

The following charts show the kind of hands you will need to make certain plays during this period. They take into account your stack size and the stacks around the table, as well as your position.

Stack sizes are measured in comparison with the big blind, so a stack described as "6BB" is six times the big blind. Remember the hand categories used in these charts are defined in the Introduction to STTs article. 

CORRECT ALL IN PUSHES

If you are thinking of getting your whole stack into the pot, here are the hands you will need to make a call:

Your position You are the biggest unfolded stack An active player has a bigger stack
Cut-off Category 8 Category 5
Button or small blind Category 8 Category 6
     

CORRECT CALLING OF AN ALL IN AS A MEDIUM STACK

If a player has moved all in ahead of you, and you have a medium stack, here are the hands you will need:

Pusher's stack size 10BB 8BB 6BB 4BB 2BB
In the big blind Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5
Any other position Category 1 Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4
           


CORRECT CALLING OF AN ALL IN AS A BIG OR SHORT STACK

If a player has moved all in ahead of you, and you have either a big or a short stack, here are the hands you will need to make a call:

Pusher's stack size 10BB 8BB 6BB 4BB 2BB
In the big blind Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 Category 6 Any two cards
Any other position Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 Category 6
           
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