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For example you begin with four low cards and are playing heads up against an average high hand such as a high pair. You think your rival has put you on this hand and on fifth street poker, you chase a high card. Now, you can check-raise. Any poker player in his mind will not think that you are going to check-raise with only four low cards hence, he will assume that you have a high hand.


If he believes you have made trips, or just two pair, he may throw away his hand. Should this happen, you have made a big play. If he calls and you make an open pair on sixth street poker, you can bet out again. There is a better chance that he will fold at this point, frighten that he may be drawing dead. If you chase another low card, he possibly will continue to play, although he may go out if he fears a straight.

The upholding of this play is that if you chase a worse card on sixth street, you should check. Your rival will now put you on a four-card straight and will think that you have missed. As he does not want to give you a free card, he will bet and you can check-raise him again. Now, your rival is assured that he has rum into a good high hand. Even if he calls, he will likely not pay off on the river.

Remember that the check-raise on sixth street will succeed only against the player who will bet his hand. If you are against someone who is timid and who is about to check on sixth street, then this play will fail. So do not attempt it.

Checkraising on fifth and sixth street gives you the best of it because your hand is concealed and not your rival's hand. (This is a disadvantage of playing heads up with a high hand that hasn't improved.) On the contrary, if your rival's board becomes threatening, you must be cautious about putting more money in the pot.

Another Good Play

Suppose in a threeway pot on fifth street poker, one player has a high hand, you have four low cards and make a small open pair, and the third player has made his low. If you check, high hand will also check, the low hand will bet and you can now raise.

As it is clear that you do not have a low hand and you are raising into a high hand, he will put you on at least two pair and may be on trips. (In stud eight-or-better, when someone makes a small open pair, many rival will be afraid of trips as starting with three low cards is common.) Your raise will knock out the high hand, allowing you to play heads up against the low hand. Additionally, the low hand will frequently be scared that you may back into a low and beat him. Hence, he is not likely to raise back. If he goes to three bets, there is a better chance that he ahs an additional draw with his low. You can see that if you make your low hand, you may scoop the pot if your small pair holds up for high.

Several good players use this play. But even if you doubt it, when someone raises or check-raise into you with an open pair, you cannot continue playing with a high pair, as the low is already made. You are force to lay 2-to-1 odds, and you are playing for only half the pot.

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