Betting Out a Set into a Straight

Suppose now that y ou have Q-Q-9-J and the flop is

4

5

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. On the flop someone bets out into you and you raise that person the size of the pot and get c ailed in two places.

Because two opponents called a pot-size bet and raised on the flop, you now strongly suspect that unless someone has slipped something into the communal club soda, one opponent probably has the ace-high club draw and the other opponent probably has t he wrap straight draw with 6-7-8-x i n his hand. I t is also possible that an opponent has a lower s et than you have. However, in this case, I would be very leery of any 3, 6, 7, 8, or club coming off of the deck. I would probably check if a 6, 7, or 8 came up on fourth street.

However, if an ace or a deuce came off the deck, then I would bet out the size of the pot on fourth street even though both cards make a possible straight. Why? Because I don't t hink that any solid player would call a pot-size bet and raise with the low end of the straight draw. If my opponents aren't solid, or if the club soda may actually be laced with something, I have to consider the straight a more realistic threat.

If a club spikes on fourth street and an opponent bets the size of the pot into me, then I would understand that I have only 10 cards ( 10 cards make a full house) I could redraw with, and therefore I fold my hand. I would assume that t he opponent who bet out the size of the pot into me here would have a flush, almost certainly the ace-high flush.

Knowing when to bet t he pot i n PLO on fourth street with a strong hand when a draw has hit is an art form. There is no magical formula for this. Just use some logic and try to make your best guess. If you're wrong, you can just fold when you're reraised. I f you're right, you wiil probably win the pot immediately. S o you're betting $X to win $X. If y ou're right, y ou win $X (the pot) with your pot-size bet. If you're wrong, you lose $X (your bet). So you wiil win $X or l ose $X when you bet t he pot on fourth street. Even money isn't a bad bet, as long as your bankroll c an handle fluctuations e asily.

So sometimes you need to bet the pot to protect your hand in

PLO. S ometimes you wiil be able to read your opponents as having hit their hands, and therefore avoid making a pot-size bet on fourth street. In any case, beting the pot in PLO with a strong hand on fourth street after a draw has hit wiil s ort out whether you have the best hand or not.

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