Originally Posted by Archinutz
I've been playing like that for quite awhile. I usually play my small blinds no matter what cards I hold and some players mistakenly refer that as defending my blinds even though thats not really my intent. Also regarding smallball, doesn't that include the amount of your bets? Would you share on how you defend that type of play? Personally, I 3bet or 4bet it but perhaps you may have a different and/or better method. Noonetheless, it is profitable at beginning stages of tournies and i always change it up as the game progresses.
I'd defend it the way dude did against me last night. Maybe 4x BB. If I have total crap, I fold. If it's marginal (9/10os), and there's a couple more callers, I'm coming in. Lots of variables, but basically you have to try to keep knocking them out of the pot pre-flop. I mean, you limp in with AA, and Mr Small Ball calls, and the flop comes 4/4/9, well.. JD's Poker Rule #1 is: Never Trap *Yourself*. Of course, just because someone is playing this way doesn't mean he won't catch cards occasionally (he will). So if he calls the bb and you make it 4X and he calls, I'd be cautious post-flop. JD's Rule #2 is: Push Until You're Pushed Back.
Another thing I see related to this is people who min-bet. Dude let's me limp in with 9/10os. Flop is 6/7/2. He min bets. 2 people in front of me call (again, typical at this level) I figure this is probably just a c-bet or a weak defensive bet, and I call with 2 overs and the inside str8 draw. Turn is a Q. He min-bets, 2 others call. No WAY do I have the best hand, but I call anyway since I'm *seriously* priced in. River is the magic 8. He min-bets, I raise, show the str8 and get called a "donkey".