Originally Posted by ShowMaster14
what's the best way of playing in SMALL BLIND and also under the gun?
What range of hands would you defend, attack or even call all ins?
What betting range should you apply pre-flop and post-flop?
I know these are also depends on the table, level and players...I have an understanding of how to play early positions but I really want to improve cos am not that confident..is there any charts or books that I should read, hands to stick to..etc.
It depends how deep you are too
Small Blind - it seems like you are partially invested and so cheap to call a limp or a small raise but really it's not. The only non premium hands that play well are the small pocket pairs and maybe suited connectors. You're hoping to flop well, check to the raiser, and maybe bust their aces. The deeper you are the better.
But really avoid playing the small blind - especially reverse implied odds hands like weak aces and KT (and especially if there's a raise).
Under the gun play tight but... depending on how deep you are and how observant the players are it doesn't hurt to balance the range with things like suited connectors - if you only play premium hands from utg then you're never going to get much action.
If the table is tight and you have a decent stack then any position, including utg can be good for stealing - people tend to take utg raises more seriously so paradoxically, if your table lets you, this can be a good way of accumulating chips - especially near the bubble.
Preflop I tend to bet 2.5-3x from any position. Postflop I tend to bet half pot, third pot to 3/4 on later streets depending on a lot of things.