It’s a common scenario in low limit poker: you’re in one of the blinds, and everyone folds until a player in late position raises. Sometimes the raiser has a good hand, but often they’re just trying to steal the blinds by having the small and big blind fold and win the pot right there. It can happen a lot, especially at a tight table, and if you fold to blind steals with all but your monster hands you’ll be losing more money than you should.
When you defend your blinds against a blind steal, you’re giving your opponents a free card in many cases. Sometimes they’ll have top pair or better, and sometimes they’ll have middle pair or a premium starting hand. If you’re planning to just play your big hands every time, you’ll be losing money in the long run.
The point is, you want to win the blinds by having the best hand pre-flop, or by forcing your opponents to fold by betting strong when you have the best hand. You don’t want to just win by default, so the best way to win is to put your opponents in the position to make a decision for every round of betting.
The first round of betting, called pre-flop, is the easiest. Obviously you have to give up some of the profit for this, since it’s hard to call a pot pre-flop when you’re behind, but it’s still generally easy to call a pre-flop raise. The opposition still has to decide whether to call, raise, or fold, and you simply have to check your hand and act as if you’re uncertain about your own hand.
The second round of betting, called the flop, is when you start getting into the hand strength. By now you should know your opponents very well, and you can beat them very easily if you hit something on the flop. Even if you don’t hit anything, you should bet at this stage, since it’s clear that your opponents will put more money in if they think you have a strong hand. Most people end up calling in this round, so you should bet around half to 3/4 of the pot.
Now that you have the general idea of what to do in the second round of betting, it’s time to throw some hands into the mix. The first one is pocket pairs. When you have a pair, you have a very strong hand, and these are the hands that you will want to double up or build a big pot. Double up often with a small raise, or go all in with a very strong hand.
You’ll want to mix up your play a bit in this stage, since aces can be easy to pick, and you more often than not will want to be firing out more raises then routine hands. Against loose aggressive opponents, you will not want to be appearing predictable, so you should change your play at this point often and keep them guessing.
You’ll also want to pull out the big guns from the deck often. With high cards, you can get away with a lot more, so you generally want to be playing more aggressively with big cards, and less aggressively with middle cards. Against loose passives, you may want to play things slower, and be more selective about the hands you play.
When seven cards enter the game, you should really loosen up your play and start playing any two cards if you’re in late position, no matter what your position is in relation to the dominobet. With so many people in the blinds, you will be able to bully someone who would typically fold if they missed the flop. Make moves with purchasing bets, and with raising hands. Don’t be afraid to put your money in the middle of the pot if you think you’ve got the best hand.
As the blinds go up, and with everyone else being tight, sixth sense your opponents will be adjusting and playing back at you with all kinds of hands. That’s when you really have to pick your spots and opponents to take down big pots. sixth sense entails that you take chances when you are likely to lose, rather than the opposite.