Blinds stealing is a very prominent component of the Texas Hold’em game. If you have aspirations of becoming a great poker player then you will have to master the art of stealing blinds. Blinds stealing allow you to keep your bankroll ticking over and not be out of action for a very long time.
If you are not getting any good cards then blinds stealing become even more important but it will take confidence. You will have mastered the art when you can do it when playing against just a few players.
Whenever there is a full table and more than half the table has folded, you will notice the play beginning to be much more aggressive. What the remaining players who have yet to fold are trying to do is to steal the blind. It is imperative as a poker player that you not only steal blinds but also defend against falling victim to it.
If you are a novice to playing poker try to practice stealing blinds at a full poker table of about nine or ten players. This will allow you to take more time in making decisions and not to be overwhelmed or bullied by the more experienced players.
If the blinds are on you and a player that is before you raises then your decision to play that game should be made only if you have a good set of cards at your disposal. If you find that this is occurring quite frequently then the game may be too aggressive for you. It will be better to quit that game and find a much more passive game to play. It can be tempting to defend your blind to your own detriment but that should not be a factor in your thought process. A mistake that many new players tend to make is to play on their blinds regardless of the cards dealt to them or on the board.
It is sometimes more efficient if u practice stealing blinds playing against the computer. The fact is if you cannot defeat the computer then you will be unable to beat real players.
In stealing blinds you must decipher the character of your opponents. Which are aggressive and who tends to be passive? It will be easy to steal the blinds of a passive player when compared to an aggressive one. From personal experiences, the passive player tends to choose his games wisely and will more often times than not, play only when he has good hands.
The aggressive player is about bullying the players at the table and will play no matter the cards at his disposal. What I tend to do is to find a mixture of both when stealing blinds. At times I immediately raise and other times wait to the last second before raising to steal blinds. It helps to not have your opponents zero in on how you are playing but this tone must be maintained even when playing with good cards as well.
It is easier to steal at the smaller blind because you just have one player (the big blind) to go up against rather than stealing from three or four players. Stealing blinds tends to take time to master and it is common for you to fail at it before you become excellent at it.