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Playing Blind vs Blind
Written by: Hoodlincs · Date Added: 25 Oct, 2011 · Number of views: 3729
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When it gets to blind v blind, there's only 2 people left in the pot so its a similar situation to heads up.

we have .5bb invested as small blind and 1bb invested as big blind, so we need to fight for the pot. If you fold all your hands in heads up, you will lose. Same thing here. The ev of folding is NOT zero.

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Strategy from small blind.

A 3x raise risks 2.5bb to win 1.5bb. So 2.5/4 = 62.5% fold equity. He needs to play 37.5% of hands to stop us opening any two.

Even then, a cbet of 4bb into 6bb needs to work 40% of the time, and most players will fold to cbets more than 40%.

So we should recognise from our opponents stats. Their fold to steal from big blind will be the lowest vs the small blind (fold to steal includes how often they fold vs the cutoff and the button), but we can combine fold to steal and their vpip as an idea.

An 18/15 just isnt going to be playing back at you enough to not open almost any two. However, someone running more like 22/20 will be defending a lot and adjusting to us, so it's probably best to open about 25% or less. A fish running 45/10 will be playing lots of hands but badly. Look at his fold to cbet. We can do things like just complete vs him with weaker hands.

We should expect to get 3bet a lot by observant players. Those 22/20 with 9% 3bet types. Therefore, we have to 4bet for value with weaker hands. TT+ and AQ+. we can also 4bet bluff a decent amount too and adjust our frequency of bluffs to value hands based on what we think of our opponent (is he jamming it in light, or is he 3betting a lot of crap hands which fold to the 4bet). We dont want to flat 3bets out of position as its difficult to play postflop so we are going to be playing 4bet or fold.

A lot of the 22/20 types will float flops and try to take it away on the turn.

So for example . They will just float KQ and bet turn when we check.

Therefore a great line is to check-raise the turn. Both for value (he probably wont fold any Tx hand) and as a bluff (he just has so much air). It's Better to start off for value and then add in some bluffs if we think he folds too much. Why not check-call for value and let him keep bluffing? Most people realise when you check-call the turn you are showdown bound and you're looking to call the river too.

From the big blind.

We know we have to play a lot of hands to stop him opening wide.
We know even if hes opening 25% of hands, that range wont hit many flops.
We will have position for the entire hand.

Unless he is a nit or a fish who has a set range and wont adjust We should be playing a lot of hands. 50% as a minimum. We should be 3betting a lot. 12% minimum. If he wants to flat call a lot, thats fine he will be out of position and we can cbet a lot. If he wants to 4bet a lot, well then he will be bluffing too often and we just jam. TT+ and AQ+ is my standard.

Postflop strategy is mainly going to revolve around floating a lot of dry flops and bluff-raising some boards too.

Axx is a great board to float as we will have every Ax hand which protects us from multiple barrels (as we will be able to keep calling).

Low flops are better to bluff-raise because he has lots of good 2barrel cards, e.g. 237 any T-A is a good 2barrel card), and he just misses so often that its difficult for him to fight back.
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