Originally Posted by spiderman637
Hello guys, i really want to know how to steal blinds effectively...
In my recent games, after reaching a specific stage, all the ppl suddenly started playing very differently, i mean they all started raising preflop very aggressively..
How to deal with this ???
And under what circumstances, i can try to steal blinds???
This thread has been a good lesson on the effectiveness of the preflop raise, the steal, strategies and what to watch out for. Very good. Read it carefully.
I wonder, spiderman, which games you are playing. We are assuming tourneys, but SNGs and MTTs play a bit differently. In any tourney, though, you will need to do at least a bit of LP stealing to stay afloat unless you are getting a lot of great hands. Since most tournaments involve no such luck, you have to make your luck -- by stealing with borderline hands. It will fail often enough, so make your steals-with-medium-hands a standard raise (you would do well to raise preflop the same amount no matter what you have, from suited connectors to AA.) If you go allin, it depends on who/what is out there. Also a steal is a LP move when it's been folded to you. Or, sometimes, when there's been one limper (hope he's not limping with AA). It is very hard to steal if you are not respected and seem loose (so if you've had to show a winning garbage hand, save your aggression for premium hands for awhile). It is very easy to steal if you seem tight.
In MTTs, there are several stages where people start playing more aggressively. It often has to do with desperation. Don't let it worry you. The early donkfest stage at low level tourneys. The point after the first (or second) break where a lot of people realize that they have not improved their stack from the beginning and start to feel as if they must make moves. The point where the bubble has not yet arrived, but people are looking at the top stacks and the chip average and feeling anxious, knowing there is no way they can make it with the chips they have. After ITM, every MTT tourney goes crazy for a bit. The short stacks are making their moves. And people are starting to tilt all over the place.
For you, if you can do it, stay cool.
Try to keep your stack somewhere near the average, but it simply does not have to be more
. It is perfectly possible to get to a final table just by keeping your stack average. You will have to put yourself at risk on occasion, but the best bet is to take stabs at stealing blinds/antes with the LP raise. Don't do it every time. Do not try to steal from the big stack nor the small stacks. Steal from people who are comfortable and trying to stay that way (like you.)
If you are talking about ring games, then it's just a phase. Wait it out. This will happen when someone is on tilt and getting aggressive after a big loss. He can start tilting the table. Do not join in. Wait for a big hand and pop it.