Miscellaneous Topics

Buying the Free Card on Fifth Street

There is a similar play to the one in the previous section that can be used on fifth street. If your opponent bets on fifth poker street and you have a hand that you plan to call with on both fifth and sixth streets, you might want to raise on fifth street.

You would tend to do this when you are quite sure that your oddonent will check to you on sixth street if you make this play. Now you can take a fere crd. This play is especially worthwhile if the card you catch on sixth street scares him out (incorrectly). This play is even better if it is also true that the card that really does help you on sixth street does not scare him.

Here’s an example. Suppose you have


and your opponent bets an apparent pair of jacks. You should raise, especially if you are almost certain that your raise will bet your opponent to check on sixth street. (However, if he still will bet into you on sixth street, you don’t really mind since your hand is almost as good as his.) Check it right back if you catch a blank. If you catch a heart, you bet, and your opponent should call (making you extra money), and if you pair the six or the four, your opponent likely will fold and you want him to. Also, bet again on sixth poker street if you catch an ace, a king, or a queen, and be prepared to beat on the reiver as bluff.

Your opponent often will fld when you pair, because he will be afraid that he is drawing dead.

But when you catch a heart, your fifth-street raise will make him think your hand is anything but a fuslh (unless he is an expert who knows this play also.)