re: Poker & Opening hand requirements for Blinds vs Blinds
Originally Posted by fx20736
I'm not saying I would open with anywhere near 50% of hands. In fact I play way less than 30% which is probably too tight. I was merely making pointing out the difference between opening with 5 or 6 players to act after you and just one. My thought in making this OP was that I need to open up my blind vs. blind play as I am folding in the BB to SB steals way too often and not attempting to steal from the SB enough. The other point I didn't make but am curious about is BB 3betting vs SB raises. That's where table image must really matter most as it is important to know if a BB 3bet is a bluff or value bet.
The small blind is not where you should attempt to steal. Positional disadvantage is huge and a good, thinking player in the BB can just float your c-bet and bet the turn to steal the pot. The button is where you should play most of your hands. Despite having two more players to act when you're on the button (as opposed to one when you're in the SB), positional advantage will take down the pot uncontested on the flop most of the time. Blinds vs blinds play is not what you should focus on as HUD programs like PokerTracker will reveal that SB and BB is where you're losing most of your money (unsurprisingly). Instead, trying to see as many cheap flops as you can in position so as to maximise your income from CO and BTN (theoretically the most profitable positions), and your win rate should improve.