Originally Posted by John A
I think this is the opposite of what you want to be doing in the blinds actually. You want to be playing big hands that can't be out turned or rivered a lot because you'll be playing a defensive / showdown mode more than trying to turn your hand into a bluff OOP. At least it's smarter to approach it this way imho. Hands like 67s, 87s won't be profitable for multiple reasons unless you're against a passive opponent. Hands like 87s, etc... go up in value when your opponent range is strong and they can pay you off, and you have position on them. Where hands like A2o/K9s go far up in value out of the BB against a normal button reg opening range. Most regs, unless they are really aggressive, won't try and 3 barrel you off of A high boards and you can take those hands to showdown easier.
I second this. For starters. KQ, AJ, KJs and ATs are my initial blind defense hands against any non nit opening from the button. Maybe AQ as well if they are going to fold to 3bet upwards of 75 percent and never get hot 3bet action from worse very often
Playing smaller SC such as as blind defense vs a very likely to be 'medium' hand like K8-KJ, A2-A9 and Q8-QJ , JT and T9 used for stealing is generally bad because you are highly unlikely get heavy action when you hard vs these hands. Also, your smaller SCs might just get killed by larger straights if you are on the sucker end of it. Notice how their range would nicely land on the winner's end on a board full of middling cards?
So play a range that dominates them hard and play a medium sized pot usually.