This is a discussion on Taking advantage of small blind within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Do you take advantage of the likely looseness of the small blind? Are you too loose playing the small blind because you think you're already
There's this concept in poker called defending your blinds. For a long time I hated the concept because the thought of throwing out extra chips when you have an obviously weak to marginal hand was not appealing to me. However, lately in tournaments I've started defending my blinds by calling up to a 3 BB total bet and I have started to see a difference. It comes especially when it is the button raising. After you call their blind steal a few times they tend to calm down and back off trying to steal the blinds on you allowing you to see more flops. Plus, when you're willing to play out of position like that it makes people think twice about continuation betting the flop with garbage, because they are used to people only calling like that when they have a big hand. And, of course, when you do get lucky no one sees it coming and you take down a big-time pot. So, for me it's not so much a matter of, "I'm in for half I might as well be in for more" it's a matter of not allowing other players to bully me out of pots. Because once they know they can bully you they've already got the game half-won.
NOTE: I said I do this in tournaments. I don't have the courage to do this in Cash games. Not yet anyway.
6th March 2018, 5:45 PM
Poker at: ACR
I try and play very tight from the SB (and BB too, TBH), especially since you are going to be OOP after the flop. Yes you do have to defend your blinds at some point, but I think you need to be careful about it as well.
I remember when I first started playing I would have the thought of "well I am already in for half, or whatever", but once I started to analyze my play I realized how much money I was actually losing from the SB and tried to plug that leak.
6th March 2018, 5:59 PM
Online Poker at: 888
I will even defend the BB out of my SB position, when I see that Button is stealing every round and BB is not defending himself. And yes, half paid is almost in the hand, but not with 72o.
6th March 2018, 6:13 PM
Poker at: pokerstars
re: Poker & Taking advantage of small blind
To call from SB you only need to win 1/4 of the time, so it's ok to play loose, you got the odds to call
6th March 2018, 6:21 PM
Online Poker at: Pokerstars
Game: NL Holdem
Pete "Carroters" Clarke argues that for 6-max cash games you should have a polarized strategy that hardly ever calls. It's fold or 3-bet most of the time. Remember that the button can open raise with almost any hand, because there is such great fold equity from this position. Again, not with total garbage and try to have blockers to villain's hand range if you do 3-bet with a marginal hand.
6th March 2018, 6:31 PM
Poker at: Pokerstars
This exact position is so hard , because you're acting first post flop , I will choose to open or 3-bet with a good hand , than can allow me to play post flop very comfortable without any fear , it can profitable with less weak hands , depending on big blind stack and yours too , with a big advantage I can steal very often and it's a great situation to steal .
7th March 2018, 1:03 AM
Also it's important to know how the big blind will react, if you're SB. Sometimes they're are predictable, and with that you can adapt your play.
7th March 2018, 1:20 AM
Originally Posted by edcwy
Do you take advantage of the likely looseness of the small blind? Are you too loose playing the small blind because you think you're already half in the hand? So not so much more to see a flop?
It's very hard for anyone to answer a question like this, because there are too many variables to discuss in a quick post, a whole book could probably be written just about this particular topic.
7th March 2018, 1:28 AM
Online Poker at: TG & P.stars
Game: both Hd & Om
re: Poker & Taking advantage of small blind
Extremely difficult understanding your question, do not understand your thinking on the “likely looseness of the small blind”
I have rarely seen any small blind become extremely loose because he was in a small blind position, actually just the opposite is what mostly always happens.
As far as becoming too loose because ½ of my obligated chips are already in the pot, so it is not much more to see the flop.
Well, if every other player who decided to join the pot did not raise the blinds, then probably yes, but it would also depend on a couple of factors, whether my hand was total junk, [meaning the chances of it ever being successful in a multi-player pot] and what size my chip count was vs what size the blinds were with my rag hand.