In the past, I have always tended to scorn shorthanded tables as too swingy for my temperament - although I love 5-seat SnGs and maintain that, in this case, they definitely decrease variance.
Anyway, a poker contact of mine has recently moved up from 3-tabling full tables at $1/$2 to 3-tabling 6-max £1/£2 tables. He puts in 8-hour days, has been playing shorthanded for the last few weeks, and insists that he experiences less medium-term** swings than he did when playing full tables.
Now, maybe this can be explained by a worse standard of competition at the 6-max tables he plays at. That is, people failing to adjust to shorthanded play. Or... can his argument actually be applied in a more general sense? Have any of you experienced the same phenomenon, or would you continue to insist that swings tend to be more brutal at shorthanded limit games?
** Medium term as he considers it: 1 day, or about 1.3K hands