Texas Holdem Free Card

1. Should you bet with more legitimate hand?
Yes, in order to drive your rivals out.

2. Does it include four-flushes and open-end straight draws with two cards to come?
Yes.

3. Should you bet open-end straight draws if two cards of the same suit flop?
Yes.

4. Should you bet top pair or an over pair on the flop?
Yes, if it seems to be the best holdem hand.

5. What are the exceptions?
When there is more raising before the flop (representing that you may not have the best hand) and those times when you have decided to check-raise.

6. Should you check-raise to the before-the-flop raiser?
No. Fight this tendency.

7. What is the correct hold'em strategy?
Checking and calling is the correct hold'em strategy.

8. When is checking and calling correct?
It is correct when:
A. You are slow-playing.
B. You are almost sure that your rival has a better hand and will not fold if you bet, but the pot odds justify your calling in the expectation that either you do have the best hand or you may outdraw him.
C. You are against a frequent bluffer.

9. Why might giving a free card be incorrect even when you are a big favorite and want callers?
This is because the next card might be a miracle for someone but it is not likely to make anyone a second best hand.

10. Give an example?
You have flopped a small flush.

11. What is the basic principle of free cards?
If you check and allow someone who would not have called your bet to outdraw you, then you have allowed a "mathematical catastrophe" to happen.

12. When is it also a catastrophe?
When you give a free card to a rival who would have called your bet and he fails to outdraw you.

13. Mention four other times when it is correct to check on the flop.

This is correct when:
A. You are sure that you don't have the best hand and especially sure that you will be called if you bet.
B. You believe it is likely that someone behind you will bet.
C. You have a hand which can be slow-played.
D. You have flopped top pair, either aces or kings and you have a weak kicker.

14. When does it often occur that someone will bet behind you?
It happens when you are in a two or three person pot and were raised by an aggressive player before the flop.

15. Suppose you have flopped high pair but not aces or kings and you have a weak kicker. You are in an early position and the pot was not raised. How will you play your hand?
Against small number of rivals, you should bet so you are not giving a free card. However, against a large number of rivals you should simply check and fold if it is an early bet but check-raise if a last position player bets.

16. In this case, what if your top pair (with a weak kicker) is less than the queens?
You should be in that case very careful.

17. Why?
This is because it is more profitable for someone else to have top pair in an un-raised pot when the high card is jack or lesser than jack.

18. If you are the before-the-flop raiser in a multi-way pot, your hand is weak and everyone checks to you, should you take a free card?
Yes, you should almost always take a free card.

19. What if the pot is short-handed?
You should generally bet because there is a reasonable chance that you can win the whole pot.

20. Suppose you have AK and the flop comes as 762 and everyone checks to you. What will you do?
You should bet if the pot is short-handed. You won't want to give a free card to someone holding a hand like JT.

21. Why is betting or raising in last position with a hand that does not seem to justify it sometimes correct?
This is because you may get a free card on the next round.

22. What should always remember if you take that free card?
Some rivals automatically will bet on the river, irrespective of what they have or what the last card is.

23. What is the good hand to check the flop after it is checked to you, and then bet the turn if a high card hits?
AJ. You will have six legitimate hands to bet - your pair cards and eight cards to bluff with.

24. Is it correct to raise in last position on the flop with a four-flush?
It is correct unless the game is tough, this play is usually correct. You should raise more than 50 percent of the time.

25. Even if you can't get a free card, how many callers you need to get adequate pot odds on your raise?
You at least need three callers.

26. What is the exception to this raising?
The exception is if the pair is flopped.

27. What should you do anytime that you are in a last position on the flop and have a hand that is worth a call?
You should seriously consider raising.

28. Even if you are sure that the bettor has you beat, it may be worth a raise. Give a simple example?
Suppose five players have put in three bets each before the flop. You are in the last position with QJ and are sure that no one has aces or kings as you put in a last raise. The flop comes as T73. If the player to your right bets after everyone else has checked you should raise - even if you are sure that he has two tens.

29. You have A7. The flop includes an ace and one of your suits. How will you play your hand if someone bets?
You should raise and then bet on the turn with the purpose of just showing down on the river if you do not improve. (If you get check-raised on fourth street, you should generally fold unless you have made a flush draw.)

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