Is there some simple philosophy regarding the posting of a blind upon entering a game? Should you post immediately, wait for the button to reach a certain position in relation to your seat, or what. I feel that there is probably a pretty simple explanation for this, but I cant see it. Some people post immediately and others choose to wait out. Sometimes Im told that I will be unable to play until after the button. Whats this ruling?
The logic behind waiting is fairly straightforward. If you post immediately, you wind up paying $25 in blinds for 10 hands of poker (2.50/hand.) If you wait for your big blind, you only pay $15 in blinds for 10 hands of poker (1.50/hand.) If you wait for the button to pass, you pay $10 for 8 hands of poker (1.25/hand.). In a game of inches, this can add up. The reason you can post after the button is because you sat down in a seat that would be either the small blind or the button if you posted. A new player can not come in on either of those positions.
Posting the blind after the button gives you the second best position in the game, the button has the best position. A lot of people will wait 3 or 4 hands and come in on the big blind, dont they realize that they may win some of those hands? I always post, Im not there to watch. Also, so many people leave a game, miss their blind then come back and wait 4 or 5 hands until they are the big blind again. In a 3-6 or 5-10 game, they refuse to pay $1 or $2 for the little blind. They may save $2 but miss 5 hands, 1 or 2 which they may win.
In a game with the small blind 1/2 the big blind (4-8/10-20) its better to post after the button. In a 4-8 game, you spend $4 for eight hands (50c/hand), rather than $6 for ten hands (60c/hand). In a 3-6 game, its better to pay the big blind. You spend $4 for ten hands as opposed to $3 for eight, and of course, position means a lot less in 3-6. Its hard to use your position anyway when you post, because few players will check and fold to a blind hand, in most cases.