The blind stealing is a situation when the move is carried out with any two cards, including weak hands or garbage and the pot only contains the two blinds. If you are in the late position either on the button or cutoff and are first to act, you raise preflop in a hope of picking up the blinds. It is deemed as the most important factor of playing cost-effective pre-flop poker. In a layman language, it is any open-raise made from the SB, Button or CO. You have a blind steal opportunity if everybody so far has folded and you are on the button. Here are a few tips to make the best out of stealing blinds-
Understanding the system– Most successful blind stealing opportunities take place in the first hand of the blinds changing. Show your good hands and bluff with a near zero frequency. Create a very tight but very aggressive table image.
Passive big blind– Any player who decides to attack the passive big blind will certainly profit as this player is particularly free money. You may have to concede the passive blinds to him if he has a position on you, depending on how he opts to fight the pots. React according to the situation, if you have a position on the aggressive player, then you should play back at him regularly.
Know your opponents– A few players will just love to put you in the complicated situation by re-raising your blind take attempts. You need to be really cautious with your attempts of blind steal, especially when sitting in their right corner. There will also be some players who will fold approximately no matter which to a raise. Give their hand a respect on the flop if they call, it might lead to worse hand on the flop, but you can still enhance your stealing range against these players.
When you get caught– Your history will definitely be jot down by your opponents sitting at your table if you are caught blind stealing. It will lessen your tight table or any fold equity image. However, you can turn a loose table image in your favor by overplaying superior hands such as QQ or KK, particularly against loose opponents.
When to give up– The most difficult moment of blind stealing in Texas Hold’em is when the action has not yet finished by the turn. At this time, you may have the benefit of position, but you should give up the hand if your opponent starts to show signs of aggression.
Do remember that blind stealing is a small pot strategy, so avoid putting up your entire stack and moderate your blind stealing attempts if you have a few calling stations behind you. Take advantage of your average player’s inability to correctly adjust to increasing blinds instead of slowly adjusting your aggression, which would indeed be a scientifically correct way to play.