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Playing the Short Stack at the Final Table with Nick Petrangelo

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  • Nick Petrangelo talks picking spots and eyeing pay jumps when playing the short stack at a tournament final table.

  • PokerNews caught up with Nick Petrangelo on his way to yet another final-table finish during his tremendous 2015.

The European Poker Tour Malta festival is nearing its conclusion, with the final tables of both the €5,300 Main Event and the €10,300 High Roller scheduled for tomorrow.

The €10,300 High Roller drew a huge field of 210 entries, with 99 of them returning to start today’s Day 2. Among that group of returners was Nick Petrangelo who is looking to match or exceed his third-place finish in the €25,750 High Roller that played out in Malta last week.

The finish continues a sizzling year for the player from Massachusetts. Petrangelo kicked his 2015 off in the Bahamas with a victory in a $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo 8-Handed event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Then after collecting several more final table finishes in the spring he won his first WSOP bracelet at the 2015 World Series of Poker in Event #4: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.

Petrangelo has over $2.8 million in tournament earnings lifetime, with almost $2.4 million of that coming this year. In this week’s Global Poker Index rankings Petrangelo presently sits in third position in the 2015 GPI Player of the Year race. Meanwhile he’s ranked fifth in the overall GPI, his highest career ranking.

Our Sarah Herring caught up with Petrangelo on his way to that third-place finish in the €25,750 High Roller, one that came despite his having entered the final table as the short stack in eighth position out of eight. The situation uncannily resembled Petrangelo’s finish in the same €25K High Roller in Malta during Season 11 (back in March) where he also entered the final table as the short stack, yet managed to make it all of the way to fourth.

Listen as Petrangelo talks some short-stacked strategy and how final table pay jumps should influence your decision-making when deciding whether or not to enter spots. He also adds other thoughts about his fantastic year, noting how running well often leads to better play. Take a look:

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