Andrew Lichtenberger has accumulated more than $10.7 million in live tournament earnings, with both a World Series of Poker bracelet and a World Poker Tour main event title to his name. The man known to many by his online screen name ‘LuckyChewy’ had a good summer at the 2019 WSOP, making two big final tables and cashing for more than $980,000.
Card Player TV recently caught up with Lichtenberger to interview him about playing from the small blind in no-limit hold’em tournaments. Lichtenberger started out by detailing some of the reasons that playing out of the small blind is so tough.
“First and foremost, you are out of position for every post-flop street, which is inherently doing to put you at a disadvantage,” explained Lichtenberger. “What makes it different from the big blind is that you are both not getting a worse price than the big blind to call a raise, and you are also not closing the action.”
“There are a lot of situations where you do want to call out of the small blind. You just have to treat it like the nuanced situation that it is. You can’t look at it exactly like a big blind spot. You have to play fewer hands and generally just be aware of those factors that make it hard to profit,” continued Lichtenberger.
Lichtenberger also discussed some ways players can go about improving their results from the small blind and got his thoughts on how much tighter your range should be from the small blind as opposed to the big blind.
Check out the full video below: