This is a discussion on Stealing the blinds within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; How often do you steal the blinds at the dealer's seat and when everyone folds before you? I rarely do this because I prefer a
That depends on the size of your stack of chips, but from that position I like to open with hands of suitable connectors when I want to steal the blinds, I also like conservative if the tournament has a good time structure and blinds, but if the tournament It's turbo if I open more from that position to try to steal the blinds.
In the past rarely , 1-2 years earlier I started a lot trying to adjust my game to stealing the blinds and generally , now I am trying a lot more , and ofcourse I am trying not to become a victim to others attempts to steal from me . Very nice to see sb failure attempt to stel from me , especially if the bluff was big , particularly if he cost him big and the stage of the game/sat/ttourney was very late , next time we will twice doing this to me :kiss:
It's not what make you feel calm when you play poker , it is what will lead you to the victory and the long term profit. Stealing the blinds is a vital part of the game which will allow you to survive and increase your stack size aka your tournament life. Open raise the later positions will lead you to play in position post flop which means you will have information compared to the SB/BB players.
When you are in the later position and with the antes in play you should open a big percentage of your suited holdings and some of the strongest off suit hands. With 40+bbs for example sometimes I open almost all my suited hands.
I have a default RFI (raise first in) range but I don't always follow it by heart. Sometimes I must adapt based on the stage of the tournament , the line up of the players and my stack depth.
For example I won't open raise light if the players in the blinds have a shovable stack etc.
I often steal the blinds in late position, this is a must. Steeling the blinds from late positions, especially in the later stages of tournaments, is a thing most players do. Some unique players at low limits have a steal value from the cutoff or button close to 100%. Tight poker players do not steal the blinds,
therefore, their rates should be treated with caution.
If you only try to catch stealing players with good hands and always fold with bad ones, then nothing good will come of it. The range of style from late positions is so wide that it includes almost all hands.
I also try to defend the big blind.
Defending against the stealing blinds also needs a wide range to gain a lot of value.