Playing the Blinds


You want to defend your blinds, that’s a given, but how far should you go to ensure you are not a pushover?

Knowing when to attack your opponent’s blinds and when to defend your own is a valuable, but difficult skill to pick up. It will depend hugely on the particular situation. Therefore it is rather moot to try to underline some sort of strategy on playing the blinds because every case will bring with it so many different variables that it would be foolish to generalise. Nevertheless, let’s have a look at some strategy!

Those more used to using Free Scratch Cards than anything else should note that the small blind gives you an opportunity to play hands that you wouldn’t usually play. You have all the information available to you about the pot (unless the big blind raises, which is rare) and you’re pot odds are better than usual because you have already invested in the pot. Don’t go crazy with calls from the small blind – it is still early position remember – as they can get you in trouble if you flop a pair with a bad kicker and chase it down to the river.

Playing from the big blinds it is usually unadvisable to raise unless you have the absolute very best hands (AA, KK, QQ, AK). You are out of position so it is a good idea to bump up the price of a flop if you find yourself in this spot. It is a bad idea to play a big hand passively from the big blind. You should bet, and bet big.

As blind levels increase during the final stages of tournaments, it will require you to adapt your play and become selectively more aggressive. Stealing blinds where possible makes up the majority of pots during the stage just before the bubble in tourneys.


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