Every Poker Model hand requires you to know how many big blinds both you and your opponents have. The number of big blinds serves as a benchmark for the choices you will make. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to calculate big blinds and apply this information to your decision-making process.
How to calculate the number of big blinds:
In the image above, the Small Blind is $100 and the Big Blind is $200. This means that one big blind is $200. The player seated on the Button has $5,000. To calculate how many big blinds this player has, divide $5,000 by $200. If $200 is one big blind, then $5,000 must be 25 big blinds. Use the same logic to calculate the number of big blinds for the other two players at the table.
Now you are looking at the table like a Poker Model player. A Poker Model player sees stack sizes in terms of big blinds, not so much the exact chip amounts. This allows you to remain objective in situations with large blinds. If the big blind is $1,000,000 and you have $5,000,000 in chips, you still only have 5 big blinds!
Now you are aware of everyone’s big blind amounts and are dealt Kh-7h on the Button. With 25 big blinds, seated on the Button Kh-7h is not a playable hand according to The Poker Model so your decision will be to fold. It’s an easy decision because if you are called after an all-in here, you will surely be dominated. With a stronger hand or less chips you’d have a better chance of being ahead.
But after a fold from the Button, Kh-7h becomes an all-in hand from the Small Blind. Your decision with the exact same hand will be to go all-in.
The purpose of this article was to create some awareness of how to calculate big blinds and also understand at a high level that these numbers will directly correlate to the decisions you are making in a game. The Poker Model will provide rules to manage any situation. For now, practice calculating big blinds and be prepare for our next lesson.