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Considerations in Two Blind Stealing Defense Situations

How will he react to each action that you might take? It includes the interaction between how he plays and how he currently sees your play. (Against some rivals, you have to go the next level and thinking about how he thinks you see his play. In this essay, we will talk about the second level.) For instance, if he is very aggressive and bluffs very often and also sees you as carefully and often willing to fold under pressure, it is possible to play back at you if you try to semi-bluff raise in this case.

Also think what will happen beyond the flop. if you call on the flop, is there any chance that he will check on the turn? If you raise, will he call and check to you on the turn? If you check together on the turn will he intentionally bet into you on the river?

Suppose he checks on the flop. This is also the same situation. Though you will often bet against tough rivals, the situation would differ otherwise. You should once again consider the number of factors:

1. Again, the pot odds help to guide your decision. The pot lays you 4 ½-to-1 on a bet.

2. How your cards combines to the flop is again a consideration but only when that he had bet. Though it all depends on the rival, on average you now have a good chance of stealing the pot with a bet. Should your rival check-raise, contrary, the exact way in which you missed again becomes very crucial.

3. Starting the post-flop hand reading process, might this flop hit your rival's in any of the way? Taking into account what you know of the variety of hands with which he will defend his big blind against your steal attempt, will you be able to start, at least roughly, to analyze the chance that he has some chance from the flop?

4. As soon as he bets, you should understand his action. Does he tend to play straightforwardly or is he a habitual check-raiser in this place? Is he capable of a check-raise bluff, or semi-bluffing? Is he a frequent slow-player? Does he wait until the turn to play his best hands? Is he a passive player who can give you free cards until he makes something?

Consider how his perception of your play may have encouraged his action. Has he noticed that you consistently bet when checked at this point? Does he think you are easy enough to knock over?
His check actually helps us to provide valuable information. Though you may have no outs, and the flop may be one that would appear to have hit your rival, he did check. It often means that he has nothing and is ready to give up the pot. While he might be planning to raise or slow-play a best hand, a check on his part is however, the only action with a dissatisfaction to challenge the pot.

5. How will he react if you bet against checking? (Keep in mind you will not often check, but there are exceptions.) Again consider, how he plays, relate with how he sees your play will strongly influence your action. If he think, for example, that you hardly bet without a hand, and that you are tough enough to steal from, then he is less likely to check-raise as a bluff or semi-bluff. Hence, you have more reason to bluff bet. Even if he check-raise, you can assume that he has the best hand. Do you estimate that he will fold to your bet frequently (perhaps about 18 percent of the time based on the size of the pot) to make a pure bluff profitable? (He does not have to fold frequently for a semi-bluff to represent a long run benefit.) If you check, how will the way he sees your play poker encourage his action on the turn with a weak hand against a strong hand? If you bet and he calls, will he likely check to you on the turn? If you then take a free card will he generally take the chance to bluff into you on the river?

Situation No.2: You defend your big blind with a call against a likely steal raise from the last position player. The flop misses you. Your decision would now be between checking and betting. If you are going to continue with the hand, instead of checking can folding, then you must decide between checking and calling, check-raising and betting out.

1. The pot lays you about 4 ½-to-1 on a bet. It will lay you 5 ½-to-1 on a call or 5 ½-to-2 on a check-raise if you check and your rival bets. (It will lay about 6 ½-to-4 if you think he will automatically call your check-raise, but then may fold to any of the subsequent bet on the turn.) These pot odds help to take any decision. For example, notice that if you are considering trying to steal the pot, the risk-reward ratio for betting would be better than that for check-raising. That does not mean you should bet instead of check-raising but it is an essential consideration when thinking about the expectation of one strategy to against another.

2. Like before, what you do will be influenced by the nature of how the flop combines to your hole cards, even having "missed." Some bluffs will give you semi-bluffing probabilities while some won't. Some might allow for a call if you check and your rival bets. (This will be the case only when you have the overcards.) Whereas others will fold.

3. Also note the texture of the flop relating with what you know your rival's starting hand requirements for raising your blind from a steal position. Equivalent to your having considered the flop as it related to the possible hands of the blind defender, this is middle part of starting the post-flop hand reading process. If your rival is very generous in his blind stealing attempts you may have to decide for a read that is more common, more a rough estimate of the chance he has from the flop. (But also observe that such a player is less likely to have a hand when the flop comes with high cards.)

4. How will he react to a bet against a check? As said earlier, how he plays may be strongly based on how he sees your play. What is your present image with this player? If you check-raise, how will he react to that? Will he automatically call? How might he then react to a bet on the turn? Will he likely call on the flop with overcards? Will he call all the way with the small pair? And what about an ace-high?

If you cannot always identify and evaluate every significant consideration in these and other similar poker situations, then there is a way to improve your efficiency in that respect. Try to think about such situations away from the table. Consider your play in particular situations against one of your routine rivals who is tough to play against. Create a silhouette of his play, how you think he sees your play, and how he seems to play against you as a result. Also try to identify any errors in his habitual play. After analyzing all the above factors you will be able to play more strongly against him.

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