The big blind
You are the one who puts the most points into play without even seeing the cards, what can be good about this?
This is poker, and in poker you have to look for the possible advantages that we can have in each of the situations to see if it is worth taking advantage of them or not. Because you’re big blind with a couple of disastrous cards, you’re not going to give up. You have to talk the whole table before it is your turn, so before the community leaves, we will have the maximum information to make our decision. This is a good thing to be big blind.
The truth is that being the big blind is not good news, but you know that once per round you will be and many times they will be situations that will be repeated continuously. If you manage to handle them with solvency, you will have much won over the adversaries, however, if you vary your actions by specific results, in the long run, you will see the real result that will be quite negative.
Let’s see the two most common situations that you can find when you are in the big blind:
1. One player climbs and the rest is thrown. Medium hand
This is one of the most common situations. You’re in the big blind, and some of the players go up, throwing the rest. You look at the cards and they are of type A9s, QJs or 44.
They are the typical hands with which you all like to pay to see the flop. What do you do?
Short stack (<10 blind)
Here it is clear. All the chips to the center immediately. If you pay, you have a hand that defends itself perfectly and you will earn a considerable percentage of the time.
In addition, the opponent is going to throw most of the time making you take a minimum of 3 blinds, which considering your stack at this time, is not bad.
Stack medium (15 – 30 blinds)
You are in the middle of a tournament with a chip count that is approximately the average, something up or something down. This amount of chips is the most complicated since any false move is going to make you commit an important part of your stack and you will not be able to throw yourself. There is nothing that you like less than to appear with all your chips in the middle with a mediocre hand.
So with this stack you have to select which hands you are going to play with, and the middle hands are not going to be worth it. So, unless you have some reason not to do so, cards to the deck and the next.
In the case that the small blind has been the one that has risen, you can ask yourself to pay with your speculative hand to see if the hand squares, but only because you will have the advantage of playing the hand with position.
Long Stack (More than 30 blinds)
Now we are in the most dangerous terrain, that of the deep stacks, and the bigger the stack, the more dangerous the hand will be. The middle hands without position are difficult to play. Keep in mind that attacking the pot will cost you about 12 blinds in total. Raise to 5 or 6 blinds plus the 6 blinds of the continuation bet. If you think it’s profitable, because you’ve seen that the opponent throws enough times, try it.
In the event that the rival that has risen is that of the small blind, the thing changes because you are the one in perfect position to
If not, as in the previous case, if the opponent who has risen is the small blind, you can pay, or re-raise, with your speculative hands planning to play the hand and take it to take advantage of your positional advantage.
2. Several players limpean. Medium hand
Another very common case is when you are in the big blind and several players are limping. Your hand reaches you without going up, so you do not have to put chips if you want to see the flop. The first temptation when you have a middle hand, is to give the button to go and see the flop without spending more chips.
But you have to avoid that first thought. The first thing you have to analyze is the possibility of finishing the hand at that moment. If you think it is possible that with a raise the hand is finished and you take the chips that are in the center, that is the best option.
Account. Four limpers more blind small, plus your big blind are five and a half blinds; If you have less than 15 blinds left, apart from the one you have in the big one, going all-in will most of the time give you a benefit of more than a third of your stack. This is a reward that you are rarely going to have with a very small risk, because none of your rivals seems to have a strong hand.
If you have an average amount of chips, you have to settle for seeing the flop for free. You do not have chips to risk some with a raise. Just check and see if you’re lucky with the community.
In the case that you have a healthy stack, you can make a raise to try to finish the hand at that moment. If the movement goes wrong, you will not lose an important part of your chips, so it will be a good attempt to improve your stack.
These are the two most common situations you will encounter when you are in the big blind. They are the most common, so learn to defend yourself in them and see how they improve your results.