How to optimize hold ems premium cards - aa and kk

How to Optimize Hold Em’s Premium Cards: AA and KK

No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, with all the complexity and

psychology that surrounds it, has confounded most

casual players. Even with simple yet powerful hole

cards like AA and KK, intermediates and newcomers

alike misplay them. They don’t understand the

importance of optimizing AA and using KK in a way that

keeps in mind that poker players, especially those

online, love to play A-x.

Playing AA

Beginners literally jump out of their seats when

playing this type of hand. Most of them shove all

their chips in a split second when this shows up while

forgetting the important fact that they must maximize

their profit. Not make sure that a few pennies come

their way.

As players do their customary raises and calls, an

optimal play with this kind of hand is to simply call.

You don’t acknowledge the fact that you have strong

hole cards but ones that are simply "callable"--

drawing cards like A-10 or K-J suited.

Once the flop shows up, be wary of its texture. 8-3-J

with no similar suits is an excellent flop; and given

that there was a raiser before the flop, this gives

him/her an automatic action of making a continuation

bet of around half the pot. Therefore, you shouldn’t

bet when you’re in early position. Not only does a

check indicate a weakness, simply calling a bet that

gives you 3 to 1 pot odds only gives the impression to

your opponents that you only have a pair of jacks with

a medium kicker or better.

Whatever card that shows up on 4th street, you must

over-bet (3/2 or twice the pot) indicating that you

want to steal the pot and acting all jittery, showing

that you are making a desperate bluff. If you’re not

an actor even worthy of a class award, then

over-betting will suffice. When your opponent does see

this, he/she will definitely see this as a sign of

weakness, as seen from the fact that you frantically

tried to block his/her pot odds. With that in place,

the player will be compelled to call your seemingly

atrocious error.

With those plays in place, be ready to joyously eat up

the pot. Trips or a two pair isn’t likely, because

he/she didn’t make a reasonably sized bet in the first

place, which is around the size of the pot. Also take

note that this strategy only works with good players,

not beginners who mindlessly call bets without

realizing the basic concepts of pot odds and outs.

Playing KK

KK should be played differently. In the betting round

pre-flop, you must hammer the pot as much as possible,

making sure that only excellent drawing cards and face

cards will be the only ones that will call your bet.

But stomping the pot doesn’t mean that you’ll go

all-in, a bet around four to five times the big blind

is just right.

After the flop, in the threatening instance A comes,

do not cringe and just check. Rather, as a raiser in

the pre-flop betting round, you should make a

continuation bet. But don’t give rather pathetic bet

of about half the pot, it should be a straight-up

value bet of around 2/3 to the size of the pot. Not

only does it present the fact that you do have a hand,

it also conceals the fact that you only have KK while

making your opponents believe you just paired your

ace. When someone does call, brace yourself because

he/she has either AQ or AK, given that she called your

substantial raise pre-flop. So to speak, don’t attempt

an outrageous bluff on 4th street but be calm and fold

your hand. Remember, poker is a game of making the

least mistakes, not winning substantial pots.

Gain more respect - getting a hold of poker etiquette

Gain More Respect: Getting a Hold of Poker Etiquette

As poker rises in popularity, so does the number of

ignorant players who just play for kicks. They disrupt

the whole flow of the game and give it a lot of

disrespect. A certain instance is when one says "bad

fold, bad fold!" when he/she sees that the rather

ragged flop has hit his/her hand. It is very annoying

for all the players in the table and has cut off the

bluffing element of the round since one has declared

that he/she has one or two of the cards on the table.

Anyway, follow these basic guidelines of good behavior

to ensure that the game is fair and enjoyable.

Don’t Talk About Your Cards after you’ve folded them

This is one of the most common breaches of etiquette

that people do. Similar to the situation above, there

might be instances wherein someone just bangs at the

table and fusses over what a horrible fold he/she did.

Again, it takes the life of the game and takes out

some strategies that may be used on the round.

If You Want To Show Your Cards, Show It to Everyone

There are times when one asks an opponent to show

their hand to them. Sometimes, they accede to the

request and show it to them. But the problem is that

they seem to keep it to themselves like a cute little

secret. Don’t do that in a casino or even in a cash

game. It annoys a lot of people. Keep the game fair

for everyone.

Muck Your Hand Properly

There are lots of moments where one just throws their

card like it was literally trash. Sometimes, the cards

flip over and your hand will be shown to a few people

who even cared about looking at you. Again, this takes

out the element of fairness in the game because the

other player may use this as a basis of calling or

folding given that card can’t possibly be a kicker for

his/her opponent. So to speak, you’re wrecking the

game for a couple of unknowing players. Keep things

formal and fold your hand properly by sliding it to

the dealer using both hands.

Don’t Splash Your Chips

When betting, some people just toss in their chips,

making a horrid splash that makes it difficult for the

dealer to count. This takes up unnecessary time and

drains all the energy of the round and disrupts the

natural flow of the game. Bet properly by stacking

your chips and sliding it over to the center of the

table. Doing that shouldn’t be very difficult.

Pay Attention!

There are people who space out in the middle of the

round and it takes a little nudge or a tilted eyebrow

to get him/her back to earth. Don’t make everyone

remind you it’s your turn, please. A lot of people

take poker very seriously and a good number even

gamble with this game as a profession. Respect the

game, and you’ll get respect in return.

Conclusion

Honestly, if you want to be respected at the poker

table. Don’t be a brat but be a mature person who

loves to play the game. Minding your manners is a part

of that. Actually, people shouldn’t even talk about

this because it should be customary task. And not only

does it help you in the poker table, but also in life

in general. Play the game properly and you’ll both get

respect and admiration from your peers because of your

class and love for the game.

The importance of aggression in no limit texas hold em

The Importance of Aggression in No Limit Texas Hold‘Em

No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em is a game that moves by the

rules of psychology. Players try to read their

opponents if it is the right moment to bluff or to

fold. They also seem to know their opponents hands by

their betting patterns. And if they trail in the chip

count, they try to make the opponent fear them into

folding good hands so they can catch up.

The main rule in winning consistently in poker is to

give an impression that you’re the top dog. You must

drill the notion that no one will scare you into

folding and stop you from hammering into that pot. But

one shouldn’t do that haphazardly. One should get a

feel of the table, knowing how others play specific

cards so that one will know if it is the perfect time

to stomp your foot down and scoop the chips on the

table.

Read the Table First

Don’t just try to put your hand into that pot, read

your opponents’ betting frequency and patterns first.

If most people simply limp into the pot and fold if

the flop doesn’t hit them, then what you have is a

rather loose and weak table. After the flop, if

everyone checks to you, make sure that you throw in a

bet around a third of the pot to get an idea if anyone

is serious in playing their hand. When you do that, it

seems as if you’re making a serious bet when in fact,

you’re just checking out the field. Remember that you

shouldn’t treat your chips as money, but rather a tool

to pick on your opponents. With that done, you’ll be

eating up small pots like crazy.

Aggression Conceals Your Hands Perfectly

With you chomping on pots, it will give off an image

that you’re a freak who bets on marginal hand or

worse, nothing at all. When they finally call your

probe bets that is the time to change gears and play a

tight-aggressive game. Just limp in your good hands

like AA and AJ to keep that image and make your

customary bet of one-third of the pot after the flop

(if you hit something or it is favorable). When you do

this, they will sense that you’re trying to eat the

pot again and call when in fact, they’re drawing dead.

If all the betting that ensued will put you and your

opponent(s) into a hand showdown, he/she will freak

out when you showed a legitimate hand. When people see

this, they will respect your bets more and fold once

again when you throw your chips around like in the

first instance.

Conclusion

It is integral to your game that you know how to

utilize both conservative and aggressive techniques.

But your main style should be the latter since it will

help you win larger pots when you do shift into the

conservative approach.

But given this advice, it can’t be done without

feeling the table and being aware of how people think

of you as a poker player. If the table’s very tight

and they fold immediately when their hand doesn’t fit

the flop, throw in some bets. If they randomly call

any bet, meaning that they have no idea how the game

of poker is played, then be wary of using bluffs and

instead, make straightforward bets to insure a win.

The importance of position in texas hold em (pre-flop play)

The Importance of Position in Texas Hold ‘Em (Pre-flop Play)

Grabbing information is one of the most important

skills that you need in poker. From your opponent’s

betting patterns and the "tells" that they make simply

define your hand and are simply integral on your next

decision. But you can’t do that without proper

positioning, which is on the button or somewhere near

it.

But that doesn’t mean that you should fold every hand

if you’re not in the proper position, each has its

pros and cons, and it should also determine how you

should play your hand.

In this article, I’ll tell you how to utilize

perfectly your position in pre-flop play.

Early Position

This position is from under the gun to the third turn

in a ring table, which has around eight people seated.

In this seat, you have to be choosy in raising your

hand or simply limping into the pot because there are

about five to seven people yet to act, thus there are

more chances for them to raise the bets and given that

you don’t have a hand that’s good enough, you just

lost money the size of the blind.

So it’s important that you only raise premium hands in

this position like AK, AQ and AJ suited. When someone

re-raises after you, you have a good idea that he/she

has jacks or queens. So not only is raising pre-flop a

good way to drive out people who have small cards that

may get lucky after the flop, it also gives you

information on who probably has a hand better than

yours.

Middle Position

In this position, you have to be looser, but not to

the extent that you’re virtually throwing your chips

away. A9, K10 and QJ may be raised here, given that no

one has raised and indicated that he/she has an

excellent hand.

Again, the reason why that you should raise pre-flop

is to mine important information about your opponents,

if they have good to great cards.

Late Position

In late position, you can practically raise any hand

you want, depending on the circumstances. If everyone

just limps in to the pot, and a raise is nowhere in

sight, then you stick your foot right in and raise

around four to five times the big blind, even with

cards like 24. It may win you the pot right there.

But be wary when everyone calls when you do raise,

because they may sense that you’re trying to steal the

pot. Don’t cringe if your technique fails and if the

flop shows high cards like A-J-4, raise outright and

try to steal the pot again. They may rethink that you

tried to steal the pot before the flop and give you

credit for hitting aces or jacks.

As you may observe, one may get looser in choosing

his/her cards when nearing late position and also

presents you the opportunity to steal the pot. Late

position also entails you to play more aggressively

and show some muscle, enabling you to hammer on pots,

do isolation plays and basically eat up the blinds. So

to speak, position should guide you on how to play

your hands because it opens the option of instilling

fear into your opponent, bluffing your way into the

pot or does the complete opposite of the previous two.

Show some muscle - how to survive small tables in no limit hold em

Show Some Muscle: How to Survive Small Tables in No Limit Hold ‘Em

In the last, adrenaline-filled, days of a Texas No

Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament, when the blinds are slowly

eating up your stack and your fingers are about to

fall off into poker oblivion, it is understandable why

a lot of players cringe when crunch time finally

comes.

Don’t let that happen to you. Remember that your

emotions can totally shatter your hopes of winning and

sticking to rather mechanical yet logical approaches

to the game will get you the top.

Be a Pot-Eating Freak

Aggression should start to show up here. Waiting for

premium or good cards like A-10 and K-Q will munch up

your stack. And once you do get them, you’ll probably

only have about three to eight rounds left to play!

That’s why you should be bold and keep on hammering

those chips on the table!

With only four to six players in the table, it is

highly unlikely that someone will have good hole

cards, so it is necessary that you call the high blind

and lead out with a probe bet of around a third of the

pot if the flop is favorable. For example, you get

J-5. It’s an average hand, but you should call the

high blind here, hoping for a good looking flop. It

shows down 2-5-9. Since you have middle pair with a

rather good kicker, you should make a value bet of

around the size of the pot. It drives out most

opponents and wins the pot immediately. That is the

flow of plays most of the time in small tables, so

it’s integral that you squeeze into pots, jostle for

it and muscle them out, winning the pot.

Have Lower Raising Standards Pre-Flop

Since plays tend to go fast and rounds end quickly in

a snap, it’s important that you drive out small cards

held by opponents in order to avoid them getting lucky

in the flop. So raise cards like A-5 and Q-9 like they

were Big Slick, so small suited connectors like 5-6

will be less likely to call your raise given the

current pot odds and the outs for the hand.

But lower raising standards mean more difficult

decisions when the flop comes. Suppose you have Q-3

and the flop presents J-7-8. It is a very scary flop

because there is a possibility of an inside-straight

draw if anyone is has 9-5 or 10-5. But then, he may

also don’t have them. This paves way for my argument

of posting down a probe bet or a continuation bet (if

you raised pre-flop). Hit it up with a bet of around

half the pot. If your opponent calls, be wary because

he has a drawing hand, so check only if 9 or 10 shows

on the turn card but bet if it doesn’t. If he/she

still calls, it’s sure that your opponent has a pair

of jacks or eights. And when he/she does bet, throw

away your hand.

With all the tension that resonates from adrenaline

pumping short-tables poker, it is necessary that you

go with the flow. Once again, you can’t be

conservative in this time, given that only around ten

cards will be dealt from 52, lessening the chances of

getting good hole cards. Thus it is important to stomp

your way and be aggressive in the waning moments of

the competition.

Why stack sizes should affect your play

Why Stack Sizes Should Affect Your Play

Time and time again, I’ve seen too many players

misplay their cards in situations that call for it.

And they pay for it; they lose their chip strength or

in the worst case, get kicked out of the tournament.

Chip management is the single most important skill one

must learn in poker. Bluffing pales in comparison to

this important skill, and now, I’ll teach you how to

manage it well.

Conservative at the Start

Early in the tournament, when the blinds are low and

with a good number of weak poker players around, it is

important that you stay tight rather than jeopardizing

your tournament dream. The antes are low, so there is

no rush to be the chip leader. Relax and take it slow,

only playing the best-looking hands. Don’t be a rock

though, because no one will call your bets when you

finally have a hand. In a nutshell, mix up your play

but be conservative around 80% of the time.

Faster at the Middle

In the middle of the tournament, where a third or half

of the competition is gone, and the tables are

becoming smaller, with only five to seven people

around, it’s time to speed up your play. From here,

you should start putting up continuation bets and eat

up small pots. This is important because the blinds

are now chasing you and will substantially take a part

of your stack if you become the big or small blind.

Your poker instincts become more important this time

around, because you will have to read your opponents

plays if they are retaining their conservative nature

or beginning to show some courage.

A Freak at the End

Nothing’s more important in the end-game than your

feel for the table and your aggressive technique. You

should learn how to play cards like 9-4 and take it to

the top. Top players like Doyle Brunson have won the

World Series of Poker with cards like 10-2. And in

fact, he has done it with the same card twice.

Since this has confused many, I’ll give you an

example. If you are dealt 10-4 and at the small blind,

just limp in and see if he/she calls. If your opponent

puts up a reasonable raise, just call it because you

have a high card in 10 and it is unlikely that he/she

has an AJ given that there are only two players. Also,

there are lesser combinations for the card deck to

work with. If the flop shows 2-4-9, bet around half of

the pot and it’s likely that your opponent will fold

it. That’s the nature of heads-up play. A low pair is

equivalent to a high pair in a full table and in my

example, getting nines is a premium holding card. Keep

that basic rules in mind and you’ll have an idea how

play in a short table and more importantly, heads-up.

Conclusion

From what you may have noticed, the style you should

follow early in the tournament is a conservative one

and as the game marches on, you should adopt a more

aggressive approach. That’s why one should be familiar

to both styles as it will aid you in tournament play

where millions are at stake. Poker’s reach has

extended through farther regions of the globe and is

gaining popularity in places like The Philippine

Islands and in New Zealand. So to speak, a No Limit

Hold ‘Em game may be ongoing a few blocks away. If you

keep these rules in mind and you may win a tourney in

those local casinos one day.

Family-friendly poker at triplejack. com and life skills gleaned in poker

Family-friendly Poker at Triplejack. com and Life Skills Gleaned in Poker

Poker isn’t necessarily a one-dimensional sport where

people simply bet on cards and see if they luck out in

the end. It’s much more nuanced than that. It is a

game of human psychology and of skill which is

difficult to master, taking some people many years to

perfect.

Life Skills

These "people-reading" skills also help in people and

life lessons too, given that it teaches one how to

make most of an opportunity. "Don’t rush your way in

playing your pocket aces, relish the moment and make

the most money by slow-playing it"- this is a lesson

most useful in say, courting a girl. Funny as it

sounds, when she does give you an opportunity, don’t

jump in like some excited kid. Lure her to you slowly

like how an expert poker player lures his/her opponent

into calling his aces. As the old adage goes, "take it

slow".

Also, it helps one think of things in many levels, not

simply black and white. Poker isn’t a game of betting

and folding, it includes many variables, like the

opponent’s betting patterns and the way he/she is

playing so far. Top poker players think this way, and

playing poker helps one think about problems and

finally decide when he/she is done in thinking

everything through.

Lastly, a lesson that can be gleaned and implicitly

imbued in poker is that one should take calculated

risks. Risk-taking is an important and inevitable

aspect in ones life, and meaning of risk in poker is

oftentimes exaggerated by critics. The thing is, it

helps you realize which ones are worth fighting for

and which ones are not. In business, it helps you

focus on one investment, given a general rule in

poker: be tight yet aggressive, doing risks that

maximize the profitability of your hand. So to speak,

look at what you invested in and make the most out of

it; don’t diversify and raise the probability that

they won’t work for you.

Triplejack

Given all the arguments above then it’s good to say

that poker teaches the old and young alike not only to

money effectively by subconscious lessons, it branches

out, teaching us about life in general.

It is by far one of the most family-friendly poker

sites in the web. No money is gambled and only play

money is used. It also takes a youthful twist to poker

by having funny avatars like secret agents to Albert

Einstein. You may also throw pies at your opponents

when you fancy it. So to say, not only be it an avenue

for serious poker players to fine-tune his/her skills,

it is also an arena for escape and fun from the

sometimes-stressful tone life gives from time to time.

And it doesn’t end at that, if you apply for power

player membership, your options for avatars are

extended. The best part isn’t that. You are even

eligible to win prizes from free movie tickets for

US-based members to Dell Laptops and cash which may be

as high as $499, if you have to skills to get it. And

power player membership only costs around $20 a month,

which is an absolute steal because of the fun you may

enjoy in the tables, not to mention the prizes at

stake.

History of texas hold em

History of Texas Hold ‘Em

Even though not much is known about beginnings of the

game of Hold ‘Em, or poker in general, it is said that

it started at around 1900s. It has spread throughout

the state of Texas and was embraced by many as their

prime poker game for gambling. And it has been

introduced to the bright lights of Las Vegas on 1967

by a group of Texan gamblers and card players, notably

Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim.

Early Years

Its magic has enthralled many, with players ranging

from crack-heads to more sophisticated players. But in

the 50s, only a few casinos offered the game of Hold

‘Em, and they had shabby poker rooms for it. With

that, many professional players tried valiantly to

find a better location for their cash games, and they

finally found it in the now-defunct Dunes Casino on

the Las Vegas Strip and with its prominent location,

Hold ‘Em’s popularity simply took off.

In the late 60s, poker tournaments for Hold ‘Em were

now being held, notably by the Gambling Fraternity

Convention and it helped the game gain more

recognition. The Convention was then bought by

Binion’s Horseshoe Casino and has taken up Hold ‘Em as

the main event due its leanings on psychology rather

than pure odds. The game simply rose to the top after

that, with merely eight entrants in its nascent stages

to 100 in 1982 and that has doubled a decade later.

With the surging popularity in place, one of the top

No Limit players, Doyle Brunson, started the advent of

Poker Literature with his book, Super System, which

has revolutionized how people played poker. Also, it

has brought the game to a wider audience and had put

it into the mainstream. It even influenced more poker

books to be published, notably by David Sklansky and

his Theory of Poker and Dan Harrington’s Harrington on

Hold ‘Em. This made the game’s learning curve a lot

shorter and made every tournament more exciting and

challenging.

Explosion in the Nineties

This has carried on until the late 90s and the first

decade of the 21st century, when the popularity of the

game went into another level and went worldwide. It

started with the film Rounders (1998), which starred

Matt Damon and gave the Hold ‘Em a romantic feel.

One also has to take into account the influence of the

internet and gave everyone on what was years of

experience in a short amount of time. Online poker

rooms like Partypoker. com and Pacificpoker. com paved

the way for that. It is said that current stars like

Phil Ivey and Gus Hansen fined tuned their game in the

internet.

And from there, what was only 200+ 1991 WSOP grew to

800 in 2003 and an unbelievable 5000 in 2005.

Conclusion

Texas Hold ‘Em is definitely here to stay, given that

it leans more on strategy and psychology rather than

strict mathematical analysis and probability, which

has been the case of other games like Blackjack. Its

appeal stretches to far reaches, not only in terms of

regions but also of social class. It has hit popular

culture, with it being considered more and more as a

sport rather than gambling. It has even changed how

people think of the game, with works like the The

Poker MBA sitting in bookshelves. Truly, Texas Hold

‘Em has grown to a new level.

Keep your stacks high with slick bluffs

Keep Your Stacks High with Slick Bluffs

From what have you probably seen in television, you

might have noticed some great bluffs that made many

doubt if their hands are strong enough (when it truly

is), then throw it away out of fear. It is a skill

that serious poker players have to incorporate into

their game to be successful in poker and stack up the

chip count in the long run.

There are basic bluffs that one really has to do

especially in short-tables and ones that you only do

sparingly that pave the way to the pot.

A Basic Bluff

Technically, this technique is a semi-bluff, but it is

deceptive nonetheless. It makes your opponents believe

that you have the top pair but in reality, you merely

have a drawing hand. Let’s look an example:

You have J-6, both hearts, with four people in the

table. The flop shows A-5-8 with the last two having

hearts as suits. It’s an ugly flop for those holding

face cards except ace and this is an opportunity to

make a good-sized flop of around 2/3 of the pot. You

seem to represent that you have a pair of eights or

aces but you only have the flush draw. In the case

that a suit other than a heart shows up on the turn

card, don’t fold immediately to a bet. See first if

you get sufficient pot odds for calling it. A good

size is 3/5 or below as compared to the size of the

pot. This way, not only do you have an opportunity to

hit a flush, you make sure that it won’t eat up your

stack substantially that it renders you soft and

defenseless.

Advanced Bluffs

These kinds of bluffs usually appear in the latter

stages of the betting round, done when the turn and/or

the river card shows up. It may be a panicked all-in

when you have the nuts or a soft-looking bet in the

river that scares advanced players out their wits

(I’ll explain why later).

First is the jumpy all-in bet. There is a specific

sequence of circumstances that makes this bluff work.

First is that you must raise pre-flop with medium to

low suited connectors like 3-4 diamonds or 6-7 hearts.

The raise, of course, represents something else like

Queens or Jacks. When you hold 6-7 hearts and the flop

shows 4-5-9, with the first two having hearts for a

suit, put down the automatic continuation bet of

around half the pot, showing that you have high face

cards and you seem to believe that the flop didn’t hit

your opponents either. Of course, they will call that

bet. When 8-of-hearts is shown on the turn, then you

have the nut straight flush, beating anyone who holds

a straight. When this happens, don’t just shove your

chips right there. Think for a long while and then go

all-in. This gives off the impression that you have a

set. If anyone has a straight, which is likely because

he/she called a good-sized bet, he/she will call it

given the seeming desperation of your bet.

The second bluff I’ll teach you is the Post-Oak Bluff.

It is very simple; both are bold enough to bet until

the river card shows up, when you make a smallish bet

of around 1/3 of the pot. It seems as if you are

begging him to call you, in an attempt to maximize

your gain. But in truth you only have a weak hand,

trying to outplay your opponent. This bluff only works

for top players, who know the science behind poker

betting.

There is an old adage that says large bets scare the

beginner while small ones frighten the strong ones.

Keep that in mind and you’ll have a good base for your

bluffs, and you’ll win more pots in the long run.

The importance of position in texas hold em (how to play after the flop)

The Importance of Position in Texas Hold 'Em (How to Play After the Flop)

Grabbing information is one of the most important

skills that you need in poker. From your opponent’s

betting patterns and the "tells" that they make simply

define your hand and are simply integral on your next

decision. But you can’t do that without proper

positioning, which is on the button or somewhere near

it.

But that doesn’t mean that you should fold every hand

if you’re not in the proper position, each has its

pros and cons, and it should also determine how you

should play your hand.

In this article, I’ll teach you how to utilize your

position after the flop.

Early Position

This poses a lot of difficulties if you are a

conservative kind of player. You will get bullied and

they will bet relentlessly when they know you are in

the pot and are sure that you didn’t hit the flop.

This is also the case for even the aggressive player

when he/she just checks after the flop. So the thing

is, make sure you have a hand before even trying to

check, in an attempt in showing them signs of

weakness.

So, a profit-maximizing play in early position is

check-raising and slow-playing. Don’t even think of

betting unless you have hit a hand. If you check-raise

in an attempt to scoop up the pot, make sure that your

opponent is just doing his/her customary continuation

bet. Glean this from his/her playing style and how

your opponent played the hand before the flop.

Be wary when the game comes to 4th or 5th street.

People can get lucky at these circumstances, so you

must bet hard before these two events so that your

opponent will be discouraged in calling and seeing the

subsequent cards. If you did a mistake by betting to

little, make a probe bet of around half the pot on 4th

street to see if your opponent is still serious in

pursuing the hand. So to say, not only do you stomp

down your opponent’s motivation of hitting his/her

drawing hand, it isn’t too substantial a bet.

Late Position

Of course, late position is a wonderful thing to have

in poker. And when the round goes on to the flop and

subsequently, 4th and 5th street, you can bluff your

way to the pot and give the impression that you have

the best hand. Of course, your betting patterns before

the flop and during it should be in line with your

sophisticated bluffs. In a nutshell, you shouldn’t

slow-play in late position; rather, you have to stomp

down on the pot regardless of your hand’s texture. Not

only does this conceal your real hands perfectly, it

scares your opponent into folding the hand if he/she

just checked.

Your strategy after the flop should be entirely

different from your pre-flop play. It all depends on

the texture of the cards, if it is favorable for your

hand or not. And with that decided, you now have to

look at your position to get a glimpse of how to play

your hand. It is a good time to check-raise or to

bluff your way to the end? That can be answered by

these variables. Keep those in mind and you’ll be

munching away the chips in no time.