What is Small Ball in Poker?

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Last Updated: January 28, 2024

Small Ball

Small ball poker is a strategy that dictates playing a wide range of hands but using small bets to avoid losing too much money on hands that don’t pay off. Small ball is a good strategy for poker tournament players who always want to find playable hands on the cheap and minimize the chances of getting eliminated. 

Small Ball Poker Example:

A great example of when small ball poker can be effective is at the beginning of multi-table tournaments. This is when the blinds are still relatively small compared to the size of the chip stacks, so players can find playable hands without committing a big portion of their stack.

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