The blinds: advantages and disadvantages
For players hold’em blinds are like death, taxes and bad beat: simply unavoidable consequence of life at the poker table. The way you play the blinds, however, will have significant impact on your success in the game.
In hold’em and Omaha is the mandatory bet to the player to the left of the dealer.
Big Blind (poker limit):
In games that use a blind to put money in the game, the big blind is equal to e generally lower for that game. In a Game 5 € -10 €, the big blind is € 5. The big blind follows the small blind, which is paid by the first player to the left of the dealer.
When the pot is not raised:
One of the advantages of the big blind is given in situations where the pot is not raised. This will allow you to see the flop for free, and you’ll have the chance to flop a big hand with two cards that maybe you would not even played. However, if you are in the small blind, you can see the flop with half a bet, or with a third installment based on the structure of the game.
When you have a big hand in the dark:
Every now and receive a pair of aces, kings or queens, or AK in the dark. Some players raise these hands automatically, without thinking of the previous actions. These players acting mechanically give too much information to their players. Raising the darkness you’re already announcing to the table to have a big hand. Not only a good hand, but a great hand. Many players in low-limit games or medium-limit will not let go of a couple high unless the board did not herald a straight or a flush, and before them there was a bet or a raise. Take advantage of the trend by the opponent check-raises from the darkness, when you know he has in mind an episode that you beat.
Marginal hands in the dark:
Many times you’ll receive marginal hands in the dark. If you’re blind and have not raised before you, simply check when it’s your turn, and you hope that the flop is favorable. If there is a raise, you will have to think twice before making the call or to fold. If you’re in the small blind, you’ll need an even stronger hand to call a raise, because it will cost more than half a bet. Call a raise from the small blind will cost, in many cases, at least an episode and a half.
Considerations in the small blind:
Even if you make the call from the small blind, if there are no bids, it costs only half a bet, it is not useful to raise every hand. Unless you do not have a really good hand – one that also work from early position – you would do well to limit your call to the hands that really have room for improvement. If you’re playing a game where the small blind is two thirds of the big blind in an unraised pot you can play almost all the episodes. But be prepared to let go of many of these hands on the flop, is one of the disadvantages of this position to be accepted as part of the game.
Revive the small blind:
If you have received a big pair or AK in the small blind, and they did call in a few, a raise could prevent the blind from playing, unless he has a big hand. Any player reasonable respects a raise from the small blind. If you’re in the small blind and makes you call a single player in late position, you can occasionally raise, no matter how you are holding. If the flop comes some big card, your bet will be a good chance to eliminate the opponent. Because your opponent has only call from late position, it is difficult to believe that it has very high cards, and probably fold. It is a tactic that you can use often, however, because everyone is watching you take note of your behavior and will soon begin to revive