JustPoker Tip Of The Week #2

Learn How To Defend Your Big Blind

Defend your big blind! It’s important to play from this position in a smart way because you already have 1 full blind invested in the post. That means that you’ll have better pot odds to call when faced with a raise compared to other positions. 

Because of your discounted entry fee and the fact that you are the last person to act preflop, you can profitably call with many more hands than if you were sitting in another position.

That’s not to say you should call raises with trash hands like 7♠ 3♦, but the  hands like K♣ 9♦ and Q♥ 6♥ become playable here in most situations.

Determining how wide you should defend your blind is important and you should personalize it to your style of play and consider the following factors: 

1. The position of the raiser (play tighter against the early positions and looser against the late positions).

2. Number of players in the hand. You’ll want to play tighter when more players call the raiser. Only play hands that work well in a multi-way pot. 

3. The size of the raise (the larger the bet sizing, the tighter you should play). 

4. Stack sizes (when short stacked, play fewer speculative hands and prioritize high card strength).

There are other factors to consider like how often your opponent will c-bet post-flop and if they play like a maniac or a rock, but the four ones mentioned above are the most important. If you begin to take these factors into consideration when playing from the big blind your poker play will definitely improve. Know your game plan and stick with it. 

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