Blind Stealing

By James 'SplitSuit' Sweeney


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Table of Contents + Time Links

  1. (0:00) Intro
    1. (0:30) Video outline
  2. (1:20) The basics
    1. (1:20) What is a "steal"? [ATS stat is covered in HUD Ninja]
    2. (4:35) Steal bet sizing [bet sizing]
    3. (7:27) Stealing frequency based on position [winrate]
    4. (10:11) Stealing with a dynamic range
    5. (14:53) Table selection - the core 5 - (looking at the 3 players to your left and 2 to your right)
  3. (18:44) Dynamic thinking
    1. (19:55) Thinking about potential resteals - 4betting
    2. (24:07) Calling resteals (3bets)
    3. (29:21) Flop play after calling a 3bet
    4. (32:08) Facing resteals with small pairs [Baby Pairs]
    5. (35:08) Postflop play
      1. (35:08) Classifying hand strength on the flop
      2. (38:28) Facing a donk bet with 63 on a 963A board
  4. (43:07) Video recap



  • Type: Concept
  • Stakes: -
  • Game: Full Ring
  • Tables: -
  • Length: 00:44:20
  • Added: 22 August 2011

"Stealing" overview.

This concept video focuses on blind stealing in NL Texas Hold'em cash games. SplitSuit is a FR player mostly, so all of the examples are in the 9-player full-ring cash game format. However, the majority of the ideas and concepts will apply to 6max blind stealing also.

There are two main sections to this video:

  1. The basics of stealing.
  2. Advanced stealing concepts and examples.

1) The basics.

Along with a quick technical explanation of "stealing", this first section covers fundamental blind stealing strategy like:

  • How much to bet when stealing.
  • How often to attempt to steal the blinds.
  • Which players you should and should not try to steal against.
  • The value of attempting to steal the blinds (in terms of its effect on your winrate).
Defintion Of A Steal
The definition of a "steal" in Texas Hold'em.

2) The more advanced part.

After nailing the basics, the second section looks at all the outcomes and considerations involved in good blind stealing.

  • How to react to resteals (3bets) from players in the blinds after attempting a steal.
  • Whether or not to 4bet when facing a resteal.
  • Postflop play after calling a resteal.

The second section contains a number of hand history examples to help reinforce the strategy concepts and ideas.

About SplitSuit.

James "SplitSuit" Sweeney is author of Dynamic Full Ring Poker: Beyond The Basics. He also coaches at his personal website He uses the alias *Split* at the 2+2 forums, which is where you can find his famous contributions to the COTW thread.

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