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Defending Your Big Blind
by Daniel Negreanu

Defending your big blind isnít easy. Youíll be out of position for the entire hand unless the raise comes from the player in the small blind. Itís important to respect that positional disadvantage and not try to outplay your opponent with fancy moves.

Many players in the big blind get in trouble by calling pre-flop raises. Hereís the problem -- they try to do too much. They donít want to get bullied so they attempt a tricky check-raise bluff or overplay their hands in an ill-advised effort to push back.

Folks, thatís like trying to swim upstream.


What makes you think you can overcome positional disadvantage by plowing your way through? Trust me, no matter how much better than your opponent you think you are, if he has position, it will be almost impossible for you to outplay him.


But there is a method to neutralize your opponentís advantage in this situation -- playing possum.
You see, it is possible to exploit an opponent who has position by letting him think he can run you over. But donít do this with aggressive betting. Rather, if you think youíre in the lead, just check and let your opponent do all the betting.

In more marginal situations, though, focus on minimizing the damage when you might be beat and maximizing your profit when youíre ahead by letting a bluffing player continues to bet.


Like professional player Layne Flack once said, ďWhy do the pushing when the donkey will do the pulling?Ē In other words, when youíre out of position, respect that disadvantage. Your options are limited so think about conserving your chips, not betting aggressively.


Letís look at an example.
In a No-Limit Holdíem game with blinds at $50-$100, a player in late position raises to $300. You look down at Kc-10c and call the bet with just the two of you in the pot.

The flop comes Ks-8s-2d. The standard play is to check and see what your opponent does. So you check and he bets out $500.

You only have two legitimate options: check-raise the flop or call. Folding is out of the question because your opponent would probably bet that kind of flop whether or not he had a good hand.


The best option is to call his raise. Hereís why.
By just calling, your opponent wonít be able to read your hand. Perhaps youíre on a flush draw or even have a hand like pocket nines. Your opponent may decide to continue betting as a bluff.

Also, youíll lose less when youíre beat. If he does have a hand like A-K, heíll want to get maximum value and will likely bet an amount that is easy for you to call. If you had check-raised the flop instead, you would have made the pot even bigger meaning your opponentís future bets would have been bigger still.

Finally, if you check-raise, youíll have to guess about what your opponent has in the event he calls, or even worse, reraises. Had you decided to check-call the flop and turn, youíd only have to make a guess on the river. By that time, though, youíd have collected a lot more information with which you can make an informed decision.


Thereís no doubt that itís important to defend the big blind. If you donít, your opponents will pick on you relentlessly. But having said that, when you do decide to defend your big blind, donít get the idea that youíll be able to consistently outplay your opponent.
Instead, play possum and challenge your opponent to outplay you.