Texas Holdem Examples

As we have seen, as holdem pots get bigger and bigger all that matters is doing whatever is necessary to win and that usually includes a diversity of holdem games. Sometimes, it can get excessive. For example, if the pot is truly large you might play a hand unintentionally and seemingly miss bets or raises.

Suppose on the flop the player on your right bets, you have big pair but you know that if you raise four or five players will come in behind you. If the pot is big you should just call. Now the player on your right bets again on fourth street, you can raise here and thereby force those players who were drawing to beat you, to call two double size bets.

For example you hold

And you are on the button and there are seven players in for three bets. The flop comes

This may seem tricky but if the player on your right is the first to bet, rather than raise right there, you should just call and further go for a raise on fourth street because that raise will make the other player fold. The raise on the flop will not help them to fold.

Now when you just call on the flop it is true that someone will make two pair. But that's just the point. They will still call even if you raise and because of the size of the pot they are correct in doing so. Further, had you raised and then bet on fourth street, they would call again and once again they'll be correct.

But if you play the hand as we suggest while they can still make two pair to beat you on fourth street, they may not have the opportunity to make two pair on the river. Thus you can keep them from drawing out on the last card.

Let's take another example. Suppose you have a pair of aces on the button and several players are in and the pot is big enough. The flop comes

And everyone checks to you. When someone else bets on fourth street you raise - unless a ten or a nine hits comes off.

Again, if someone is going to draw out on you on the turn you can't stop it. by playing your hand in this fashion you'll be able to prevent him from playing out on you on the end.

The idea is that these plays can be correct when no one is going to fold for the bet on the flop, but you think that a raise can knock the players out on fourth street. But they are not specific. The problem is that someone who has folded on the flop picks up a backdoor straight or flush draw and now beats you or perhaps he has a small pair in the hole and would have folded, and now makes a set. Another disadvantage is that you don't collect those on the flop bets when your hand does hold up. But as the pot gets larger the experts of these plays outweigh the weak players.

The significant aspect of these large pots to play your hand in such a manner that no one will draw out on you on the end. One single advantage makes up for any missed bets. By playing occasionally in such a way you can knock players out who would have beaten you on the river card because you have managed to cost them two double size bets on the next of the last card. This can make you earn small portion of profits.

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