Originally Posted by lukeellul92
Sweet, thanks for this! I'll try employ this in similar situations next time.
Is KQsuited a bit loose to be playing from the blinds and defending with? I'm happy to defend my big blind with Q9 and K10 suited type hands so I don't feel KQsuited being too loose.
Defending KQs is okay vs MP. Fold if the raise is from UTG or UTG +1. Your hand is going to be dominated often, you're OOP, and you're pretty much stuck with a bluff-catcher OOP unless you smash the flop.
I think defending the blinds too loosely is a common leak for new players. Sure, we may have a discount, but we're OOP. It really sucks. It's much harder to float and bluff, our opponent most likely realizes all his equity and sees all 5 cards, we don't get to realize all of our equity, we can be dominated with our broadway hands and not be able to pot control, cannot take free cards whenever we want, etc. If you're going to defend Q9s from the BB, it should only be against a BTN open. Even then it's pretty marginal, even if you are very skilled. K10s is okay vs BTN/CO, definitely not against UTG/MP opens.