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Blind vs. Blind

The recent trend

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Feb 18, 2011

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It has been a decade since I chopped blinds in a serious game. I wrote about many of the reasons in a column several years ago (“Should You Chop?” Card Player, July 2, 2004; available online at www.CardPlayer.com). There are many things I have regretted over that period of time, but the decision not to chop is not one of them. With online poker becoming more common during that period, far more players have had experiences playing blind vs. blind, and it is natural that styles would change. I’m confused by the recent trend of extreme aggression by the small blind in blind-vs.-blind situations. The small blind is at a huge disadvantage positionally, because he is out of position for all rounds of betting. Notice that this is not true when playing heads up; the small blind is on the button and acts first preflop, but then gets to act ...


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