Fourth Street T

Question: What now?

Answer: That's a great sequence for your hand. You eliminated four of your five opponents, and a non-flush card came on the flop. The ten might have paired your opponent, but that's a chance you'll just have to take.

You should bet about $100 here. If he's on a flush draw, which is the most likely danger, you're not giving him the correct odds to call. (He'd have to call $100 with a pot of $270. That's way short of the 4-to-l odds of his filling a club flush.) You don't want to bet too much, because you don't want so much money tied up in the pot that you're committed to it.

Action: You actually bet $160, and Player C calls. Pot is now $490.

That was too big a bet, in my view, as was the first bet. Notice what's happening. You're building a bigger and bigger pot, but you can't be certain where you stand, or even if you're a favorite. When you think you're a favorite but can't be sure, try to accomplish your goals with smaller bets.

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