Playing from the position of the small blind is a tough round of poker for you. In case you decide to play your hand and do not end up going all in, you will most likely be in bad position for the rest of the round. You need to have the right poker strategy in mind and know what to do prior to the flop.
When the other players fold their cards while you are on the small blind, the next variable to look at is how the big blind will play his hand. In this position, you need to remember that you can raise and not allow the other players to see the flop without having to spend any chips.
Now what will the big blind do? Depending on what kind of player he is, here are the possibilities:
Good and aggressive
These players will be using their position well. The population of this kind of players in the poker arena is also not that big. If in case you raise this player from your position, he will realize what you are trying to do and will call or he can also three-bet using a variety of cards and later on make life difficult for you using the advantage of their position. They can also try to steal the pot and bet something next to nothing. It is a tough choice but you have to bluff big or flop big. The best thing to do is raise when you have good hands and steal occasiionally.
Tight and not aggressive
This is the opponent that you want to go against while on the small blind. You can bully this kind of big blind player any time. You have two approaches: steal with small amounts or raise frequently so he will be forced to adjust to you. The second strategy works well against a big blind player who is tilting. Against this player, raise the good ones and even the bad ones.
These are very bad players but can somehow make life difficult for you when they overplay their cards. Bluffing is not an effective trick against them. Throw some continuation bets against players who are aggressive and check against passive ones. Look for weaknesses and make him commit mistakes.
The conditions are the same as playing against the passive-loose poker players but you will be seeing more reraises from these players. Use the aggression they have against them. See the flops with them but do not put much chips into it and then just check call after seeing the flop. After all they might have next to nothing.
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