Stealing the Blinds

We'll get into the play of these majority play hands s oon, but first I need to introduce a strategy called "stealing the blinds," one that can yield a few chips in certain circumstances, even with a worthless hand, a nd at minimal r isk. In most tough games, y ou'l see a l ot of folding before the flop. When everyone folds up to the player on the button, then that player wiil usually raise in the hope that the small blind and big blind wiil fold their hands too. If they do, then the button player gets t o keep the blind money. Even if the player on the button has something l ike 5-8, he wiil often raise in this situation in order to try to steal t he blinds. Experienced opponents wiil know that the button player who raises at this point might b e attempting t o steal, but i f their hands are j ust as bad, they'l fold rather than get involved with a bad hand i n bad position. You can see how the term "stealing" would have arisen when players put in a raise with a hand this weak!

The power of the blind steal is related to the fact that the button player has the best position. Being on the button gives a player the advantage of position, i n that he wiil act l ast during the whole hand. I n Hold'em acting last ( having position) i s a huge edge. I f you're powerful, weak, or somewhere i n between, you can sit back and wait for all the other players t o reveal their strength or weakness before you act on your hand. Two good reasons for you to fold a marginal hand in the blinds when the button raises are t hat you're i n bad position and that t he button may actually have a real hand instead of a weak hand.

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