Holdem Strategy: When the Pots Become Large

When the pot becomes large in holdem poker, some risky situations create on the flop. This leads your approach to playing the hand. Apparently, your most important priority is to win the pot and not to win more money. But it is not that easy to win the entire pot. It is not a matter of thinking "Since I am having the best hand, I will bet." It can be better to check so that someone in last position would bet and then you can check-raise. It can also better to bet with the expectation that someone else will raise. And also, better to make this correct on the previous round.

For example, you have two kings or two queens in the big blind. The player under the gun raises and six players call. The correct way to play this hand is not to re-raise and then when the flop comes to bet out, unless it includes an ace. You should come out betting against the original pre-flop raiser to knock players out.
For example, if the flop is

Instead of re-raising (before the flop) and giving your hand away, and then betting on the flop where many rivals will now correctly call you, you should in this case just call (before the flop) and give up a little pre-flop significance so as to bet on the flop and have the original raiser on your left knock out all those players who were getting little to chase.

It is very essential to increase your chance to win the pot that it can be correct to bet out a hand that you know is beat. For example if you hold a hand like

And the flop comes

And the pot is large, it is correct to bet strongly if you are in an early position. You do this not only because you might make a straight but because it is important to get hands like


Out. You would bet even if you knew someone had a six or seven in their hand and was going to call you all the way. If a nine or ten comes on the river you want to increase your chances of winning. (You should also bet if you have a backdoor flush draw as well.)

This is something that very few players are aware of. That is, your bet adds some possible ways of winning because when you bet, hands like K J and K T will fold. The basic concept is that if an ace comes and you have the upper end of a gut shot you should bet to avoid over cards to your cards from coming, even though they are under cards to the high card, and to fold out someone who shares one of your cards but has a higher kicker.

You should know that there is a difference between winning a pot 11 percent of the time and 14 percent of the time. This appears no big deal but it can often swing a fold to a play. 11 percent means an 8-to-1 shot. 14 percent means a 6-to-1 shot. Getting back to the above example, what's the chance that a ten or a nine will come in that spot? You have 6 chances twice which are about 25 percent, and if you bet out as suggested you will win a good proportion of those times when you make a pair whereas before it wouldn't have won.

You have about 15 percent chance to make your gut shot. So you move forward from 15 percent chance to 20 percent chance because you bet that T9 and knock out these type of hands.

The same reason applies for a pair, you should bet it even if you knew that you were beat. You are not trying to win it right there. If the pot is large enough and you know that you are going to call anyway, you have to bet it. You do this not because there is a little chance that you might win if you bet, but also because betting gets out those hands that will cost you the pot a small percentage of the time when your hand improves. You are going to call anyway.

This means a lot when the pot is big. The main thing is that when a lot of bets are in the center of the table you need not worry about saving bets. You do everything possible to increase your chance of winning.

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