Questions And Answers

Play on the Flop without best hand

1. What should you do that an ace hits on the flop card?

You should essentially tight up.

2. What will actually happen if an ace hits the board with another low card?

A player who waits for premium hands can have the nut low draw with a pair of aces and probably other draws working.

3. Assume that the flp is Q Ih 10 Icl 2 Isp, you have two queens and there is a reasonable amount of money already in the pot. What will you do?

You should raise or try for a check-raise to drive the other players out.

4. Now assume that you have a big wrap-around straigt draw with the same flop. Will you raise?

No, as you do not want to knock out the other players.

5. What if you think one of your rivals has a same hand as yours?

You may want to eliminate all the players with low draws.

6. What this enables you to do?

It enables to split the high with no one getting the low, to win with a high poker pair or if low cards come, to bluff your rival out.

When You have the Best Hand

1. When you think you have the best hand, what should you do?

You should either bet or raise, except on the flop.

2. Why should you make the flop an exception?

It is because to see whether a scare card or a forged card comes to knock you out.

3. Give an example?

You have A Icl 2 Idm J Ih Q Ih and the flop comes 5 Icl 6 Isp 7 Idm and it is a multi-way pot. As you have only low, you need to be cautious before you put much money in the pot.

4. What do cautious players do when they have an ace-deuce low but do not have re-draws?

They will never till all the cards are out.

5. What does it mean?

It means that if you are playing against a solid player, there is likely to be a nut low out and he calls because he usually has it.

6. As this approach works in the smaller puokeu games and in loose games at the higher limits, why does it tend to fail in tight games?

It fails because good players will not give tight players action.

Automatic Play

1. For example in a heads-up pot, you flop two pair and it appears your rival has a low draw. What should you do if low card comes on the trn?

You should check and call through the river.

2. If you flop what looks like the best hand, especially heads up, what you should do?

You should punish your rival.

3. What if your rival has you beat?

He will generally play back. In Omahas eight-or-better, there is less bluffing slow-playing

4. What if the pot is opposed by many players?

If the pot is opposed then some of the players will slow-play little more.

High against Low in Three-Hand Pots

1. Assume you have a high hand which is easily going to beat and it looks as though your rivals have made good low hands or have good low draws. What would you do if one of the low hands bets and you are next?

Under such situation, you should just call.

2. Why should you just call?

You should call because you are going to split the pot, and just calling will allow you to chop up the player behind you.

3. Assume your high poker hand is weak and there is some chance that it can be beat?

It would be correct to knock out the third player.

4. On the rivier in a three-handed pot, if a high hand bets, a low hand calls, and you are next with the nut low, will you raise automatically?

No, as you have to analyze how middle player plays.

5. If he is a weak player, what should you do?

You should go ahead and jam it.

6. What if he is a good poker player?

You should possibly just call.

Loose Games

1. What kinds of hands you want in loose games?
You want those hands that can make the nuts with draws and redraws to even better hands.

2. What if you have an ace-deuce?
It will split the low or get forged very often.

3. Be specific about hands required in loose games.
You need hands that have the best low, or the best low draw with chances to back-door flushes, normal nut flussh draws, straight draws, or trips or a wheel with a chance of a six-or-seven-high straight.

4. Why does a suit add value to your hand?
It adds value because you can jam frequently when you make the low if you also have a draw at the high side.

5. What about bigger hands like four high straight cards suited up?
In this kind of game, these bigger hands do not do well unless the pot is short-handed or you can enter the pot cheaply.

6. Give an example of premium hands for loose games?
A245, aK23, aA34 and AA2 (or any other card) is some example of premium hands.

7. What about four small cards?
They can do better but they always need an ace to hit on the flop. You want to get in cheap with this hand.

Multi-way against Short-Handed Play

1. You need a very good hand in a multi-way pot then what about in short-handed pots?
It does not matter so much.

2. What are the important aspects in short-handed pots?
Your position and playing against weaker rivals where you have better hold over him.

3. Why are these aspects so relevant?
This is because if a weak player cannot make a low, he will fold often and unless he has a best high hand, he is afraid by any card that comes out.

4. What happens to conventional players?
They are used to see many cinches in multi-way pots and hence, fail to realize that in heads-up pots, they are not running into monster hands every time.

5. What does it mean?
You can bluff and maneuver your rival when the pot is a short-handed.

6. What does it mean in a multi-way pot when someone bets from an erly position?
He will have the nuts or something else near to it.

7. How will it affect your play?
You should go out unless you have the best high hand.

8. Assume four or five players are in the pot and it is apparent that they have good hands. You have a wrap-around hand with draws at both a good low and a good high but these draws are not for the nuts. What would you do?
You should flod in this situation.

9. What if the pot is heads-up and you hold the hand mentioned as above?
You can go ahead and jam.

10. Give an example?
You hold A369 and the flop is 57K. If most players are already in the pot and it appears as though there may be a lot of action, you should fold. But if you are heads up and have the best high hand, you should play it, unless you are against a very tight player.

11. What about hands like A24J?
This hand does well in heads up. But because of the re-draws probabilities, it does extremely well if you with many players.

12. In a heads-up pot, what is the best hand?
The best hand to have is the high hand. But you would also like to have a low draw, even if it is worse.

13. Why do you also want a low draw?
You need a low draw because you want to share the high hand with your rival.

14. Assume that you have a high hand but there are many possibilities the other way?
You should consider these possibilities and determine the best way to deal with them.

15. Give an example?
You hold with AKJ10 and the flop comes 987. Even if you have the nuts for high and no low is yet made, if your rival plays back at you, you can be against the same high hand as you hold and also a low draw. Accordingly, you may want to check and call on fourth street, no matter what hits on board.

16. How do other players play when the game becomes five-handed or less?
Players play along the same lines as they usually play.

17. What does this mean?
It means you have the chance to steal a lot of blinds.

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