can be difficult playing from the big and small blind in tournaments.
From one point of view, you wish to protect the pot. However, on the
other hand you feel vulnerable because you are out of position with a
weaker hand than normal.|
I have always been an advocate of playing hands from the big blind
especially when your opponent is aggressive and you have a shorter
stack. As long as you have a chip stack of less than 25 blinds, you can
win a lot of chips if you protect your blinds by re-raising or calling
These are only two strategies. The first call should be used from the
big blind because you are the last player to act and you can call with
less than any other player in the game. From the small blind, you would
want to be more choosy with your calling, unless there was more than one
opponent before the flop, which would be a few callers and one raiser.
Calling from the big blind is done when you have many somewhat bad hands
and you think the raiser is being aggressive and is raising junk hands
to simply steal your blinds. As a result, when you call the weaker hand,
you could have the same quality of hand as your opponent. The best
strategy then is to check the hands that you hit to the aggressive
opponent and then re-raise all in with the majority of hands that hit
your hand fairly well. You would want to do this more often with a short
chip stack than with a bigger stack.
As an example: you have J9 and an aggressive opponent opens with a
smaller raise from the cut off. You then will call from the big blind
with a stack of 18 times. The flop comes 9Q8 giving you one pair as well
as an inside straight draw. This is a good enough hand to play against
an aggressive opponent. As a result you check knowing he is likely to
bet any flop. The beginning pot is 6 blinds and your opponent bets 4
blinds into the pot. You then become ultra-aggressive and re-raise his
bet with your remaining big blinds. As a result he has to call 13.5 big
blinds to win the pot, which is a huge risk for your opponent. You would
not see your opponent do this unless he had a pair of Queens or higher.