re: Poker & Small ball
Originally Posted by reverie
i've played poker at a reasonable level for years and i've no idea what small ball means other than blind stealing which is the most basic and fundamental poker stategy ever. stealing blinds is the first thing you learn beyond playing tight.
i hear ya
i kinda think of it as avoiding big pots ... obviously the raise you make to steal is affordable unless you are short stacked
the continuation bet, again, is usually affordable
beyond that you get very conservative ... not saying you lay down top pair or anything, but you really try to avoid a huge pot with beatable hands
if you can check down a pot with another player who mgiht also be small balling, then that is another safe thing ... you both got something, but whether drawing or having a real hand ... you check it down anyway, since you still are winning blinds and antes from the other players at the table, say, 50% of the time ... this seems to happen more, again, close to the cash