Just looking at your ROI from the blinds on your Hold’em Manager (HEM) can send you into a spin. But all is not lost. Everyone loses money in these areas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t lessen the damage.
#Tip 1: Don’t Defend Your Blinds Against Early Position Opens
It’s always tough to play out of position in a Betfair WSOP 2013 game, but equally so against a tight early position range. You will find yourself in a lot of dominated spots that are best avoided by just folding.
#Tip 2: Adjust When Short Handed
Most players realise how important it is to play tighter from the blinds, but fail to adjust when the table becomes short-handed. When it does, you need to widen your range to compensate.
#Tip 3: Watch That Small Blind Open
Players generally tend to open way to wide from the small blind. Against a good player in a speed poker event, you will be punished from your inferior position. But against a weak player who likes to fold a lot then opening wide is a good strategy.
#Tip 4: Facing a Big Blind With <10BB
When the action folds around to you in the small blind, and the big blind has <10BB, player’s get into a dilemma. To make things easier make sure you have an assessment of your opponent’s tendencies. If you are playing against a reg who is going to be calling correctly then shove the top 75% of your hands. Against an opponent you know will play scared, or won’t understand ranges, then you can move in 100% of the time.
#Tip 5: Dealing With a Small Blind Limper
When you are seated in the big blind and are dealing with a serial limper from the small blind, always raise unless they give you a reason not to. It will soon deter them from trying to see a cheap flop, or you will get to play against a weak opponent from superior position.
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