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Stealing the Blinds

Any article about playing short stacked will tell you that have to master the art of making something from nothing, knowing how to play when you have a big stack is very important, but being able to get back from the edge of elimination is just as important or even more some would say, and this is where stealing the blinds bounty could come into play.

Stealing a bunch of small pots or blinds can be worth its weight in gold, How does stealing the blind work? simple, you raise enough that it's not worth for any-one to call you, they fold and you steal the blinds. A fatal flaw with this plan is that it only works when you are in late position and it only works if everyone before you has checked to you. Late position and the check are important because you need to know that no-one has anything good. You're goal isn't to get into a big pot but to take the pot uncontested! Even in late position you run the risk of being called, but this is a risk you must take. If you actually do have some decent cards, this is definitely worth your while. If not, then it's a risk that will probably pay off, but you must prepared for the possibility it doesn't.

Stealing the blinds, why does it work? Simple, you're coming out shooting, making it seem that you have something good; before you everyone has put in their blinds only and nobody really cares about loosing that, so your opponents who have trash would rather lose their blinds to your something, than losing many more chips to you.

This is a great way to pick up the blinds but you also have to be cautious of doing this too often. If you do this too often will get you the reputation around the table of being a loose player, this might in the long run do you a favor if you are in fact quite a tight player, but your table image is very important and should be created deliberately, not by accident. So use this move cautiously, don't use it around aggressive players, and make sure you don't do it too often.

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