Against this standard small blind opening range, we in the big bling get to play quite a few hands.
#1 We are being offered favorable pot odds:
When facing a pot sized opening raise of 3x the blinds from the SB, we in the BB will be risking 2 blinds to win 4 (our 1 blind already posted, and the 3 blinds the SB as put in the pot). We need to have 33% equity to continue (assuming we can realize all of our equity postflop – which is not possible – but that’s another whole discussion)
#2 We will have positional advantage – which translates into an information advantage AND a pot size control advantage.
Here is your gold for the day:
(Red Dots are the hands we want to 3-bet (re-raise) vs SB opens)
This big blind preflop range – vs small blind open raises – is a very solid default range. As you get comfortable playing this range, you can add in more hands to defend and more hands to both value 3-bet and bluff 3-bet.