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Blind vs Blind Play and Mixing It Up

Especially if you're a 6-max player, you have to play a lot of hands blind versus blind.

So it pays off to focus on the players to your immediate left and right and develop a good blind vs blind strategy against them.

Against one dimensional opponents, you can play a pretty static strategy to exploit their weaknesses. Against good opponents, however, you have to be more creative and mix things up.

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Mixing It Up

Good players will be aggressive and will take different lines in blind vs blind spots. Especially if you're out of position to a good player sitting on your left, you will have to start mixing things up to still win some chips in your blind vs blind battles.

An effective weapon that you can use against opponents who like to 3-bet shove over your steal raises, is the limp-shove. This works well in situations where effective stacks are between 12-25 big blinds.

In the video below I discuss a hand on the bubble of a 6-max SNG where I use the limp-shove against an aggressive regular.

The Limp-Shove

Making frequent steal raises from the Small Blind is an effective strategy. But it doesn't work well against players who re-steal a lot by 3-betting and shoving.

If your opponent is re-stealing a lot from the Big Blind, counter his strategy by using the limp-shove every now and then. It's particularly effective against aggressive re-stealers when effective stack sizes are between 12 and 25 Big Blinds.

This move works well in bubble situations when your shove puts your opponent's tournament life on the line. The more difficult it will be for your opponent to call off, the more fold equity you have and the more effective the limp-shove becomes.

Good hands to limp-shove with are weak to medium Aces, and small to medium pocket pairs. With these hands you usually don't want to raise-call, making a limp-shove a good alternative.

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steven dennis morgan - May 14, 2020

hi their love your content putting it to good use at moment on a down swing I know this happen playing tight early loose up in mid stages got your book which I am enjoying reading is their shut I chart that you can call a shove say with 8 to 12 bb does it depend on your holdings or what you think your opponent has and weather he is loose or tight I made a call from a button shove from big blind with kq suited opponent loose agg stacks 10 big blinds effective on the bubble he show 33 was that a correct call or should I go through blinds and find a shoveing spot I feel KQs against his hole range I felt was a good call LOST so I move on and try to keep on improving which I feel I will do after reading your content thanks steve

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