Play from the big blind

The big blind is almost as difficult to play as the small blind. With a blind forced basic assignment, it is not possible in this position to have a positive win rate. To keep the loss from this position as small as possible, you should read through today’s article …

In the big-blind, the same problem arises in principle as in the small-blind: you have no position. Although the position here is slightly better than in the small-blind, since you’re the last to preflop. However, the position disadvantage postflop is still so great that you will have long term from this position a negative win rate.

To avoid difficult situations, I recommend you from the big-blind a very tight strategy. However, if your teammates steal your blind too often, then you have to react accordingly.

Big-blind preflop strategy

From the big blind, you can make your hand selection a little looser than from the small blind. Since you’re the last to preflop, you do not have to worry about being pushed out of the hand in the small-blind by an aggressive squeezer.

The squeeze from the big blind

Now you can take on the role of aggressive squeezers and use this turn in good situations. The default scenario is, as you can probably guess, an opening raid on the button and a small-blind call. The button has a very wide range and thus usually not a very good hand. The call of the small-blind is an indicator of a medium-strong hand that has to give up against a 3-bet. In this situation, you can often squeeze a 3-bet, regardless of the strength of your hand, to steal the pot.

Hand selection from the big blind

As in the small blind, you should also re-raise your strong hands (high pairs, AK, AQ, …) from the big blind. It is very difficult to build a big pot postflop without a position. Therefore, you should start this with a preflop 3-bet. To balance your 3-beting range, I recommend hands that will not get you in trouble. Medium suited connectors are particularly good here.

In your Callling range, you can include especially suited Broadways and middle pairs. Small pairs and suited connectors can also be profitable big-blind hands against the right opponents. However, as you will rarely make top pair, they are not easy to play.

Also, when playing from the big blind is: Always observe the range of your opponents and adjust your range accordingly. Against a first-place opening move, a big blind call with AJo is rarely profitable.

Big blind against short stacks

Many professional short stackers have a very wide opening range from the button. Some open up to 60% of their hands here. You should meet them in the big blind with a very wide range and push all-in.

Big-blind in deep-stacked games

To play without position with big stacks (> 200 BB) is very difficult against competent opponents. These will continually try to put pressure on you. Therefore, you should play carefully and tightly in these situations and adjust your hand selection accordingly. Furthermore, it is recommended to reduce the 3-betting range compared to a normal 100BB game. This will keep the pot relatively small. Especially in deep-stacked games: in position big pots, without position small pots.

Big-blind post-flop strategy

If you kept away from problem hands preflop, then you have a relatively easy life postflop. The key to successful oop play is to take the initiative in hand. If you have not already preflop with a 3-bet, then you can do it with a check-raise on the flop or turn. Floats without a position are not advisable against most opponents and are not profitable.

With the game from the big blind most players have problems. You should come to terms with the fact that it is usually not possible to have a positive win rate here. If you work on your game and try to play relatively tight and with a proper hand selection, then you should not lose too much here.

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