There are many players these days that prefer to play short stack and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. In fact this is probably the optimal way to play for many people. If you have a skill disadvantage against your opponents then it makes no sense to put more money on the table. Some people would say that if you have inferiority in skill or experience against your opponents then you shouldn’t really be playing at all but this is not the case.
Your ideal game conditions are very aggressive games when you short stack and you do this for one very important reason. Firstly we will look at an analogy with no-limit hold’em to show you what I mean. If you short stack in no-limit hold’em then the usual process is to buy in for twenty big blinds and then play very tightly looking to either get all in before the flop or on the flop.
This basically reduces the game to a two street game and prevents your more skilled opponents from being able to outplay you post flop. But you ideally want to be up against very aggressive players for one simple reason, this is because very aggressive players are raising and re-raising more frequently and this then means that they are doing so with wider ranges.
So if it is limped in a NL100 Texas Hold em game and then an aggressive player raises to $4 and it is then folded around to the big blind who holds A-Q but only has $19 on the table after buying in for $20 then he can shove all in. With $6.50 in the pot already then his short stack increases significantly from $19 to $25.50 if his two opponents fold. This is an increase of more than 30% and he may even get a weaker hand to call.
If the LAG player calls with A-Js then he will be dominated and our hero could well double his stack and if he does so then he leaves the table. This tactic is also very effective in PLO as well and especially when games are aggressive. If it has been raised and then re-raised in a $3-$6 PLO game and you bought in for the minimum which was $120 and you had dropped to $102 after two rounds of blinds then your optimal play if you have a playable hand like A-K-J-10 may be to get it all in pre-flop as your hand likely has an edge against two highly aggressive players.
The original raiser may fold fearing aces and you could then be heads up with the best hand and good equity. This is a highly effective way to nullify the advantage of very skilled players. There is no use fooling yourself that you are a great poker player.
Skill or what we call skill is formed from many different things and these are the ability to play post flop and accept higher variance and more aggressive play. If you cannot take this then admit and either move down in levels or find a way of playing that nullifies your opponent’s skill advantage.