The big blind is, for many, one of the worst features of a poker game. Not in and of itself, but because of what it entails.
They say that being UTG is the worst position at the table, and the fact that you have to post the big blind is one of the reasons why it gets that label.
The big blind is the player who puts the most points in play without even seeing the cards. This is far from ideal to begin with and can seriously jeopardise the game.
But poker is a tremendously strategic game and it is important that you can make the most of every adverse situation you encounter.
And being the big blind is not ideal, we all agree on that, but it can bring you many unexpected advantages.
One of the main advantages of being the big blind is that the whole table speaks before you. This puts you in a privileged position, because it gives you an unbeatable perspective on how the game is going.
You can see where the other players stand before the community cards come out, so you can make the best decision with as much information as possible at your fingertips.
In poker, the positions rotate, not drawn. There should always be a blind in poker, as it acts as an incentive to play the hand. But if you don’t like it, remember that you won’t always be in this position – you can get rid of the BB several times for every time you are in this position.
What are blinds in poker?
In poker, the blinds are the blinds that make up the minimum amount of the pot in each game to play the hand. They also mark the positions at the table. Thus, the player to the left of the dealer is the small blind, and the next player to the left of the small blind is the big blind.
The player who starts talking is the UTG, the Under The Gun, who is to the left of the Big Blind. In other words, the players in the blinds are the last to speak pre-flop, which gives them an important strategic advantage. However, they are the first to speak from the flop.
In the middle stacks you have to select the hands you are going to enter the game with. Only if the small blind has raised would you consider paying with a speculative hand in case it pays off, but if it doesn’t, it’s best to discard it.
Another scenario that can occur with a big blind in any style of poker is that several players end up folding. Imagine the hand comes to you without a raise and you have no chips to see the flop. In these cases, it is common that you want to see the flop without spending chips and you want to check to keep them.
This is something to avoid at all costs, because ending up with the hand at that point can be much better. Consider the following: Imagine there are four limpers plus the small blind. Add your big blind: that’s five and a half blinds.
If you have less than 15 blinds left, going all-in will give you more than 33% of your stack, a nice pinch you’ll rarely have on hand if the rest of your opponents don’t seem to have a strong hand. But this only applies in tournaments and always with a hand that is halfway playable. In that situation, it’s normal for any player to be aware that they have to pay you with any pair of cards. With that amount of blinds in play, it’s the most profitable thing to do.
Consider also that you may find yourself with a stack that is more than in shape. In these cases, just check. If the community cards smile on you, you’ll be eligible for the higher rewards. You can also try to end the hand right then and there. If it goes wrong you won’t compromise your stack too much and you can easily recover later, so don’t be afraid to try.
However, always pay attention to the stage of the tournament you are in, because it all depends on the stage of the game and the stacks of your opponents. With a good stack you can afford to put pressure on your opponents, so try to steal as many pots as you can.