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Head Games: Big Blind Defense Strategies and Proper Etiquette At the Table With Paul Volpe, Justin Young, and Darren Elias

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jan 21, 2015

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Craig Tapscott: We see a lot of top players defending their big blind much wider today than in the past. Talk about this trend and your big blind defense strategy. Paul Volpe: Personally, when deciding to defend, I consider three main factors: my stack size as well as my opponent’s stack size, the number of players in the hand and if it’s a heads-up pot, and I take note of the player’s strength and ability. A lot of pros are defending the big blind with as few as 10-15 big blinds (BBs) and, in some cases, even less. You are often getting a good price to defend the big blind if the opener is raising around two times the blind, so I don’t see a huge problem with this, but I tend to not defend with a super short stack. If you are going to defend, you should have at ...


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