Posted 07 December 2004 - 10:26 PM
When I read the question I started thinking about how the small blind would come into this hand. It all depends on what type of the player in the small blind is. I understand that if you move the small blind all in, more often than not he would end up calling. Also, in a lot of situations, the small blind may only have a marginal hand. So right, now we are only a 2:1 dog. He also may just be attempting to see a cheap flop. So, as I was saying, everyone knows to play aggresively when you are short stacked, so if I was the small blind, and I called the bet, I would be committing my stack 100% to this hand. I think the small blind has a significant advantage for being first to act on the flop. My strategy would be to move all in no matter what flop comes down, because it would be hard for the big blind to call if he misses completely. If he calls, oh well, because I'm still getting all 5 cards I would have gotten if I had called all in preflop. I think by letting the small blind see the flop and the ironic advantage of acting first may only hurt our chances, because as the big blind, we may somehow be ahead (not likely with 9 high but an acute possibility) or we may be just up against a high card with a straight draw as well as missing 2 opportunies to pair up on turn and river. I think by checking preflop, we may very well be taking 2 cards away from ourselves and giving the other player the chance to bluff us out.