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...

The problem with the checkraise

When you decide to check-raise, you must be fairly sure that somebody behind you will bet. If you check with the intent of raising but nobody bets, a terrible thing has happened you have given a free card. This is another reason why you have to watch and study your opponents. In the first example above, you would really like to check-raise. However, if the alternatives are betting out immediately or having it checked around the table, then you should of course bet. Sometimes the reputation that...

Catching a bluff

Some players seem to get a huge rush from bluffing, and will do it in spite of being caught on a regular basis. In bigger games, you might have to make a stand once in a while to catch them. However, in a low-limit game, your fellow players are acting as an ad hoc posse against this potential pot thief. You should feel no reason to participate. If you think the pot odds justify a call, do so, but don't call simply to keep him honest. Once in a while, you will get caught bluffing and still win....

Walking away a loser

However, many players find it extremely difficult to walk away from the table a loser, especially if they were winning earlier in the session. David Sklansky probably said it best It's all one big session. What he meant, of course, is that there's nothing magic about a specific session between the times that you walked in and out of a card club. Your goal, we hope, is to win as much money as possible over the long term. If the game is good and you feel good, continue playing. If the game has...

Answers to Quiz on Post Flop Play

1. a The flop determines the likely winner of the hand. b It is when you must make a crucial play no-play decision. c In structured-limit play only you can gain information using cheaper bets that will allow you to make the correct decisions on later, more expensive, cards. 2. Calling bets and raises with hands that have little or no chance of winning the pot. 3. To force players to call two bets instead of one, often making it incorrect for them to call at all. 4. Aggressively. Raise or...

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...