Miscellaneous poker topics

An Expert Play

Suppose a good player with a strong upcard raises on third street and you call. On fourth street, he catches “good” and you catch seemingly weak. He bets and you call. On fifth poker street, he again catches a strong card and you again catch what looks like a possible blank, and this time he checks. You usually should bet and expect to take the pot.

Here’s an example. Your opponent starts with an ace up, catches a king, and then catches a nine. You start with a jack up, catch a seven, and then are dealt a six. Bet on fifth street if your occonent checks after betting on the previous two rounds.

The reason this works is that your opponent has decided not to semi-blff anymore and hopes instead he can represent a slowplay. Then, when you bet, your bet shows him that you must be strong. The idea is that when a good player checks what appears to be an obvious betting hand on fifth street, you often can steal the pot.

Sometimes you can set up this play. For example, suppose someone with the last high card up raises in a late position and no one else has yet called.

If you have a small pair or perhaps two high cards in the hole, you can call. If he bets on fourth poker street and you have not improved, go ahead and call, unless he has caught something extremely threatening. On fifth Street, if he checks, bet and take the pot.