Originally Posted by NineLions
Is this a difference between you and other players, or would you also often play suited connectors from the BB in this situation?
If so, are you defending the blinds, or using your position as last to bet preflop?
Aha. Glad you asked!
The short answer to your question is that yes, I play suited connectors out of the big blind in this situation (presuming that I'm closing the action), at least 7-6 suited and up. If I'm up against a very loose and aggressive opponent (and someone who open-raises UTG usually isn't tight/passive, at least) I may go down to even 6-5s, but unless I'm certain to be up against a tilter, I fold lower than that.
I'm being offered (at least) 3:1 on my money. Against non-dominating hands, I'm usually in much better shape than 25% to win. Of course, this holds true even for 7-2o, but I still wouldn't play that. So what's the difference?
The reason I won't play 7-2o in this position has nothing to do with its actual strength (which is usually better than 25% to win) but the fact that it's a difficult hand to play well post-flop. I can flop a deuce, and incorrectly fold to a continuation bet from AK that missed. Or I can go to the river and look up JJ. I won't know. Suited connectors are much better in that I will be much more able to play them perfectly after the flop. If I miss with 8-7 of hearts, I can fold and not worry about accidently laying down the best hand. If I flop a straight and/or flush draw, I can play the odds. They're easy to play => I make few mistakes => I make good money.
The same holds true, of course, for small pocket pairs.
It's imperative that I'm closing the action though. Perhaps goes without saying, but my range of hand that I'm calling out of the BB doesn't get any smaller if there are more callers... As long as I'm closing the action.