Calling from the Small Blind

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Although there’s some good news associated with playing the blinds, the bad part is that you would be losing money in the long run. This is the case for everyone, no matter how good are their skills in playing poker. The reason behind it all is the position. You can make your move last, before the flop. If you do this, then you would have to do the same for the other three rounds in the poker game. That is not always the case. If you are the first to make a move, you will not be able to know if someone will raise if you bet, or bet if you check. Another thing you can not know is whether every player will be in the pot with you. All this unknown information is very important in a poker game. If you have no idea on what type of hand your opponent has or how good it is, there is no point in playing, it will be extremely difficult to make your best move.

If you have no idea on how many opponents you are up against, it will harder to make an educated guess on whether you will get the right number of callers to overcome the odds towards making that specific hand. Let’s say for example, you are in a ten handed game, you would be in the blind about one-fifth of the time. Similarly, in a six handed game, which is very much demanded, you would be in the blinds one third of the time. You would be loosing money over the long run and it is not that amusing to just sit there and lose. The good part, which lightens us up, is that the opponents are in the same situation as you are. The best thing to do is try to reduce the amount you lose in the blinds, this way you are not far behind. One key point to bear in mind is that when you are in the blinds, you should focus on saving bets than winning the pots. If you have a weak hand when you’re in the blinds, you can not really do much.

You should decide whether to add money to the pot, but before doing so, you should ask yourself a question. The question is “Does my hand have a good likelihood of winning in the long haul?” If you answered yes, then keep playing. If you answered no, then save money and fold. It is the best solution for you at that point.

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