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Big Blind Action

A lot of players hate being in the big blind. The idea of being forced to bet before they even see their cards puts them off, if someone raises then they are tempted to stay in regardless of their starting cards to "protect their blinds", and then to top it off they are going to be the second player to act in ever hand after the flop, one of the worst in terms of position. However, there are times that being in the big blind is just the right place to be, especially if you find yourself running a little behind in chips and in need of catching up. Let's take a look at some of the great things about being in the big blind position.

One: Everyone has to do it, so there is no use grousing about it. Okay, that's not technically a great thing, but it had to be said.

Two: If the field calls to you then odds are good you are looking a table with marginal hands. If you were fortunate enough to get a whopper such as QQ or higher, then now is the time to really make them sweat with a big raise. This is especially effective when you are the chip lead, as you can afford to chase hands while others can't, and if you force everyone out, you get a lot more than just the small blind to add to your chips.

Three: The dealer button position is, as it has been said, the best position in Texas Hold'em because that player gets to act last, with the most information. However, that is not true in the first round of betting. The big blind is the one who gets to act last, and while you are already invested in the pot, if you were dealt stinker and are facing two more bets, you get to fold away.

So the next time you are in the big blind, regardless of what you are dealt, think of it as the cost of doing business, and look for the right opportunity to turn it to your advantage.

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