Poker Tips Guide to Playing Hands – The Small Blind
This poker article is about the tricky question of starting hand strategy. In poker your starting position is determined by where the button is and this can make a huge difference in the way the game starts and develops. To stack the odds as best as humanly possible, to coin the phrase “make your own luck” how you need to approach approach play from different starting positions. In this article I am going to cover the Small Blinds.
The Small Blind – The Small Blind puts up half a BB (Big Bet) and the Big Blind puts up a whole BB. So for example if you were playing a 200nl then the small blind would be 1 dollar and the big blind would be 2 dollars. Most of the time the blinds get you dealt awful hands. Trash hands have little to no value unless you flop a miracle, with that said, I’m going to talk about the small blind first situs judi online.
So you’re in the small blind and a guy who raised the initial position at 8 dollars (4x BB) you look down at a K-Js (s = suited). Now even though K-Js look like a great hand you have to A) remember your first act if you raise his call B) think about what he has, so you have to put a range on him. He is probably a good hand at raising his early position. Read more about ranges (Its all about range). So your K-Js looks pretty but he most likely has a better hand than K-Js.
This should be an instant fold, because if you get the call and the flop comes K-10-5 A-A, K-K, A-K, or even a 10-10. He is more likely to have the first 3 than the 10-10.
Why you ask
If he knows well he raises the starting position then he will act first and then he has a valuable hand with the expected value to put the money into the pot. If he shows up for anything less than one of these hands, I would say that QQ or JJ put a note on him that he does not open with only premium hands. If he doesn’t open with only premium hands you still don’t want to call him with this hand. But that information could be very useful in future hands.
The hands are the premium hands with the small blinds that you want to raise. You want to dominate your opponents hand. A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, 10-10, 9-9, A-Ks, and A-Ko anything else should be folded. Sometimes you can call with other hands, but it depends on the raise and the type of player he is.
Calling a 4x raise sometimes with small pocket pairs like 8-8, 7-7, 6-6, 5-5, 4-4, 3-3, 2-2, can be very profitable, so if you want to call A flop with one of these If you don’t hit a set get out of the pot. If you do hit a set be careful of a large set. That’s why I recommend folding a small blind if the pot has already been raised.
Now you are the first to act. Those hands include A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, 10-10, 9-9, A-Ks, A-Ko and A-Qs. 4x the bb + 1x for each limper you want to raise. Some choose 5x + 1x Some choose 3x + 1x. Do whatever you’re comfortable with. I recommend 4bb + 1bb for each limper.
Now lets say you got a 6-7o in the small blind and 2 others limped in so you already have half the bb in theirs. I would complete the blind and see a flop. These are the hands I would do with this and why. First I will cover the off-suit connectors. 5-6o up to K-Qo I would call with these two to hit two or better. K-Qo with one exception, the top pair is pretty good because I have a solid kicker. The only other off-the-suit hands that I would have with a complete small blind are A-Qo, A-Jo, K-Jo. The K-J If I Don’t Want Two Couple or Better It’s Gone Right.
Remember this is an unraised pot. Now about suited cards, any A-Xs are good. K-10s and up are ok. 5-6s up to K-Qs I would call, Q-10s is OK as well. You can also play suited gapers like 5-7s if you like but I recommend you don’t, but if you want to, flop straights or boats with these.
You have a little careful flushes that are not at min K high. But that is your own discretion. This is just a basic guideline; Any pocket pair with blinds you can raise in this spot. That’s pocket eights and lower, you want a set an over pair is ok but don’t go with nuts. Play it like its top pair top kicker.
This is just a very basic guide to the small blind. I can’t stress how important it is to always put your opponents on a range of hands before you make your decisions. I hope this article on how to play small blind help improve your online poker game.
Nick, originally from the UK now lives in Sweden with wife Lena, 2 daughters and a Border Terrier called Gunnar. He is a marketing manager for free online poker site NoPayPOKER.com where you can literally play free poker purely for fun yet win real money! Advertisers finance the winnings so there are no deposits, no buy ins, no rakes, nothing! It’s a great model.