Playing Short-Handed Holdem

1. What should you realize first?
An individual can have the best of it by always betting.

2. When you are in the big blind and playing heads-up, what are the two important things you should do?
A. You should call more than one out of three times.
B. You should re-raise frequently.

3. In a heads-up situation in the big blind what hands should you play against an aggressive player?
You can play any pair, any ace, any two cards that are both nine or higher, any other straight flush combination with no gaps or just one gap (except for 42s and 32s), any king little suited card that is not already covered and maybe few others such as J8s, 98, or 97.

4. When do you call on the flop?
You should call on the flop any time you have something reasonable as well as with some other hands that don't appear reasonable.

5. Why do you re-raise out of the blind when playing short-handed? You do it for future hands not necessarily for the present hand.

6. What does this mean if you are against an aggressive player who is going to continuously take the benefit of his position?
You should re-raise him more than might appear rational.

7. Therefore how will you re-raise in a short-handed game when you are defending out of the big blind?
You should re-raise about one out of four times that you play.

8. Suppose you have re-raise, what would you do on the flop?
You should do lot of betting.

9. Give an example?
If you re-raise with JT and the flop is 942, you should go ahead and bet.

10. What happens if it is a three-handed and the player on the button raises?
The combined calling frequency of the blinds should be only a little more than it was for the big blind (when playing heads-up) and the little blind should play about half as often as the big blind.

11. On the flop against a very aggressive player who is automatically going to try to steal, what should you do?
You should pretend that the top card isn't there or turn it into a deuce in your mind.

12. Give an example?
You hold QT and the flop is A94. Just change it to 942 and continue to play as you have two "over cards" and a backdoor straight draw.

13. Should you be betting always?
No, you don't want to make your strategy completely obvious.

14. What is the second idea which is important in short-handed play?
The important idea is to throw in a raise with a hand that looks like worth a call.

15. Why do you do this?
You do this because to foil the strategy of players who are semi-bluffing more.

16. Example?
You haveT and the flop is Q85. The correct play is to call your rival's bet on the flop and then to raise him on fourth street even though your hand only looks like a "pay off" hand.

17. What if you are against someone who will always bluff on the river if you only call on the turn?
You will not gain anything much even if you raise.

18. What if he is very aggressive player and will re-raise with many hands?
Then in this case you should merely call.

19. When should you just call with some hands if you are first in on the button?
You should call when the players in the blinds are very loose/ passive or at least quick enough to defend their blinds.

20. What are three perfect hands to do this with?
Small pairs, small suited connectors or a hand like A6 are the hands to do this with.

21. What is the second reason to call before the flop?
You make it likely that you will steal the pot if they both check on the flop.

22. What if you are one off the button?
You should not make such kind of play. Now you fold the A6.

23. Why should you often lead on the flop?
You should lead because it is highly beneficial to bet out and sometimes to pick up the pot.

24. How do you maintain this highly profitable play?
You can maintain by not automatically checking to the raiser when you have something.

25. In heads-up what kinds of hands you can play with?
You can play with a pair (including bottom pair) or a draw.

26. Does it mean you should never check-raise?
No. If your strategy was to never check-raise, your rival would begin to realize that when you do check you don't have anything.

27. Should you call more on the fourth street than on the flop?
No, you should not except against the wildest player.

28. Does it mean you should follow the tight strategy?
No, you should lot of calling.

29. If you are last to act (on the flop) and are against a very aggressive player, what should you do?
You should slow-play some hands that don't seem to profit this strategy.

30. When making this play what do you need to consider?
The lower the hand, the less likely this play is worth it.

31. As it doesn't take that much to win on fifth street, what should you do?
You should pay off with a lot of hands.

32. What if you are first to act on fifth street and you have an average hand?
It is correct to try for a bluff.

33. What happens if your rivals see you thinking in borderline situations?
They will have a great advantage.

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