In hold’em poker players must take it in turns to post what are known as the blinds,
these are forced bets they must make before seeing their cards, hence the name blinds.
They ensure there’s money in the pot each hand that the players can compete for before
anyone voluntarily bets any money. There are two blind bets each hand, the big blind
and the small blind. Usually the BB is double the SB but this is not always the case,
for example in some online cash games you get tables where the BB is $0.25 and the
SB is $0.10.
Often when your the one who has posted the big blind you become a target for that
hand, players will often raise preflop in attempt to “steal” the blinds. Choosing
when to give up your BB and when to defend it by calling or re raising is a fine
art in poker and can have a big impact on how successful a poker player you are.
If you give it up without a fight too often it will encourage players to always attack
your blinds regardless of what cards they have meaning you’ll often be folding the
best hand. If you defend too often you may regularly find yourself coming up against
players will genuinely strong hands so you’ll be behind and out of position, not
a good combination. The trick is to pay close attention to how often each player
is raising preflop to see who’s stealing and who’s really got the goods, if someone’s
raising all the time it’s important to put a good re raise in now and again to show
you can’t be pushed around.