Calling on Holdem Fourth Street

Here we will discuss as to how often you must call to keep very aggressive player from having an automatic edge on you. That is, how often do you need to call on holdem fourth street? And should you still turn that top card into a "deuce" as you did on the flop?

To know the answer of these questions, there are three relevant things that you need to consider:
1. As the betting limits doubles, your rival's bet on fourth street is getting poorer odds. Here in our example we will be betting $200 to win $600 as compared to $100 to win $400 on the flop.

2. There is only card to come. Hence if you make something, you will only have one street to win more bets, as opposed to two.

3. Many of your rivals will not bet much. Not only does it cost more but because you called him on the flop he will fear that you will call again. There are many other players who will raise automatically before the flop, bet automatically on the flop, but throw away their hand on fourth street when they have nothing good.

The idea is that against all but the aggressive players you don't have to call as much as on the flop. However, this does not mean that you should go back to the tight holdem strategy. When your rival bets on fourth street you should still do lot of calling as he is generally getting about 3-to-1 from the pot. It's just that you don't have call much as you did on the flop.

For example the player on the button raises and you call out of the blind with

The flop comes

Your rival bets and you call. The card on fourth street is:

You check and your rival bets again. If this is a player who will again bet on fourth street then you should fold in that case.

Your call on the flop will scare many aggressive players into thinking that you have a calling hand.

Slow-playing on the Flop

When you are last to act and you are against a very aggressive player you should slow-play some hands when this holdem strategy doesn't look profitable. For example, you hold a holdem hand like

And the flop comes

Two players check, you are last to act and one of your rival is very aggressive player. You should always check whether you raise or just called on the pre-flop because irrespective of what hits on the board, the very aggressive player will bet on the holdem fourth street. In addition, with a pair of aces there is no over card that can come to give a rival a higher pair.

What if the high card was not an ace? Should you still make this play? It all depends on how aggressive your rival is. If he is super aggressive, it might even be right to check your hand if you hold

And the flop comes

The lower the hand, the less likely this tricky play is worth it. This is because there are many methods to be outdrawn by a hand you could have knocked out on the flop. Still, against super aggressive player you should check any high pair on the flop. The less aggressive your rival is, the higher the card needs to be judged with experienced which will help you to perceive when the time is right to check a questionable pair.

Hands come up often in texas hold'em where you don't know whether you have the best hand or not, but you do know that if you have the worst hand you will possibly finish with the worst hand and if you have the best holdem hand you will possibly finish with the best holdem hand. These are the obvious cases to slow-play. Everyone thinks that you should slow-play the great poker hands. But in hold'em it's not how good your hand is that's important, but how slow-playing can cost you the pot.

Thus the hands that you slow-play are those holdem hands that are most likely to keep their relative value with respect to other possible hands. You don't have to have a great hand to be in that situation. Suppose you hold two kings and an ace with nothing else flops. You might be beat it already but not betting will occasionally makes a difference. However, (and this is very important) irrespective how unlikely it is that slow-playing will cost you the pot, it isn't something you do when the pot is big. Therefore, in a multi-way pot you should bet or raise, and as said earlier in the site. You should also be more inclined to bet in a full ring game even if the pot is small. The reason for this is that they are more likely to have legitimate holdem hands to pay you off. But when it is short-handed and especially if you are against a very aggressive player, it makes sense to slow-play more holdem hands than you usually would.

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