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SB Pre-flop Ranges

The small blind is the worst position at the table since you will always be out of position when you play a hand. This is something you need to consider for your hand selection.

In this lesson, you will find typical pre-flop ranges for playing from the small blind in a No-Limit 6-max game. These are  primarily designed to be a response to raises in front of you because usually you are  already facing a raise when it's your turn to act.

Due to the positional disadvantage, you mostly have to follow a tight approach, but you can expand your calling and 3-betting ranges quite profitably against the wide open raising ranges from the cut off and button. There is no need to wait for premium hands.

In this article, you will also learn how to continue with your open raising range against a 3-bet from the big blind.

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