The blinds are a difficult position to play. You may be the last player to act pre-flop, but youíll be the first player to act for the rest of the hand and that means you wonít know how the flop affected your opponents.
No matter how good of a player you are, you will always lose money in the blinds in the long run, but that doesnít mean that you canít minimize you loses with smart play. Here are some tips for minimizing your losses when youíre playing from the blinds:
Most players get into trouble by calling light in the blinds. They reason that theyíre getting a discount, so the call is justified. Thatís rarely the case.
When youíre in the blinds, you need a strong hand since youíll be playing out of position. If you end up in a situation where you are dominated, you might not figure it out until after you lose a good portion of your stack.
Donít Get Into Blind Wars
Donít get into wars when the blinds are low. Sure it might seem like the button is trying to steal with their hand, but you shouldnít play back at them without a good hand of your own.
You donít want to get into wars, but you canít let late position players bully you either. Play strong when you have a decent hand or a hand strong enough to execute a re-steal. If you show controlled aggression from the blinds, your opponents will be less likely to attack you without a strong hand.
The blinds are a losing position. Not even the worldís best players can profit from it. However, you can minimize your loses and increase your overall win rate by playing tight and showing aggression when you have a decent hand.