I’ve seen this happen a number of times, and it makes me wonder if there’s a term for it.
Hero is sitting on some hand that isn’t really great, but borderline. Hero position is ahead of one of the small stacks at the table, and hero’s stack is healthy. Small stack is perhaps partially committed to the pot, in SB or BB position, but perhaps not.
Preflop: Hero makes a bet sized to induce small stack all-in, but not too big to isolate small stack, and gets the desired result: small stack raises all in, 2-3 other players call. The size of the bet should be, perhaps 50-75% of the small stack, and not more than say 4-5BB, depending Depending, the hero may opt not to call the small stack’s all-in raise, or may call and continue the hand.
Flop: If hero is still in and hits the flop, continue play, otherwise lay down, and see if one of the other players manages to eliminate the small stack.
I’ve done this a few times, sometimes inadvertently, but after observing it happening a few times, I’ve been able to take advantage of the betting patterns I observe at mid-stakes play to get it to happen.
Either way the hand works out seems to be reasonably positive for me:
- If I win the pot, I win the pot. No explanation needed.
- If I fold the flop, and the small stack goes on to be eliminated, that’s one less player to worry about.
- If I fold the flop, the small stack wins, and takes a chunk out of a few other players, they’re now less of a threat than they were before.
- If I fold pre-flop, and 2 or 3 happens, so much the better as I’ve lost only a small amount of chips, but I can think of it as paying to trigger the events that unfolded.
Counter arguments to the above strategy:
- Do I really know that the small stack wouldn’t have shoved without my inducing it with a bet? Maybe they would have done that anyway, and I wasted some small bet for no real gain?
- ??? (Looking for insights from you. What do you think of this play? And does it have a name?)