The dominated hand

We define a dominated hand as one that will virtually always lose to another better hand. Even if that better hand does not win, the dominated hand will consistently come in behind. If you flop a king with it, you have top pair. However, if you have more than one or two opponents in the pot with you, you run a good chance of being out-kicked (somebody has a king with a better kicker). The only real hope for your hand is a miracle flop like 3-3-x or K-3-x. If the flop comes K-K-x, you probably...

Playing When You Flop Two Overcards

Vercards are cards higher than anything on the board. Let's consider an example. You have You have two overcards can you call a bet Can you bet Many poker experts say that you can bet or call a bet in this situation. However, it takes a lot of experience and knowledge to know when you can play with just overcards. A bet with two overcards is usually a semi-bluff (you're hoping to win the pot right there, but have chances of improving to the best hand). Most low-limit games are sufficiently...

Computer simulation

Bob Wilson's Turbo Texas Hold'em is the first program that allows poker players to simulate anything like actual play. You can program a large number of player profiles using dozens of parameters for each profile, and then play against those players or have them play against themselves. While playing against TTH opponents is not the same as the real thing, it's a wonderful way for a hold'em novice to get his feet wet. Also, many poker theorists have spent hundreds of hours trying to learn more...

When you flop trips with a pair on the board

You have to play this hand much more delicately than you do a flopped set. With a pair on the board, everybody will be nervous about where the other two of that rank are. If another player is aggressive, you may be looking at the fourth card of that rank, a hand that can beat trips, a bluff, or a hand that looks good but isn t as good as yours. Let s consider an example. You have in late position with four callers in front of you and the flop comes If somebody bets here, raise. The pot has...