When the Bad Card Hits
You're playing a solid hand, and you believe your opponent is on a draw. On fifth street, a card hits which either puts three flush cards on the board, or seems to help a hand drawing at a straight. Your opponent bets. What do you do?
There are no easy answers to questions like this, but here are a few guidelines.
- If he's betting at two or more people, fold. It's just too likely that one of you is going to call him, and he knows that, so his bet represents real strength.
- If he is a known bluffer, call. Sometimes he'll have the hand he's representing, and you'll feel stupid. But you'll pick off enough bluffs to make the call a profitable play.
- If he's not a known bluffer, be sure to check the pot odds. With odds of 1 -to-1 or 1,5-to-1, you should tend to fold. With odds better than 2-to-l, you should tend to call.
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