What is a ‘Blind Robber’?
A blind robber is someone who takes advantage of his position on the poker table to steal the blinds from the two players who post them.
‘Blind Robber’ Explained
In poker, it is always important to maintain your chip stack and increase it wherever you can. The longer you go into a tournament the harder this can be to achieve as the antes get higher and the blinds start to take a significant percentage of your chips away each round.
Desperate times can sometimes lead to desperate measures and you have to take every opportunity you can to pick up enough chips to pay at least for that current round of action and in an ideal world many more. At the same time, you don’t want to risk your tournament life on it by doing anything silly like an all-in move with nothing.
One such move would be to become a blind robber, which is exactly what the name suggests: you become a person who tries to rob the blinds. You need a few things to go your way to do this, but it can be a worthwhile ploy.
The first thing you need is to be in a fairly late position. You then need the action to be folded around to you. Should both of those circumstances happen then you are perfectly placed to be a blind robber and stick in a raise which should secure the blinds and antes.
Beware however that if you do this without much of a hand – and position dictates most of the time you won’t have a great hand – and the blind posters land themselves with two decent hole cards it can very quickly be a move that backfires and you could end up losing more chips than you stand to gain.