Texas Holdem : First Two Cards FAQ

Late Position

1. How should you play if the pot is short-handed?
You should play aggressively unless the blinds and remaining players are loose.

2. What if it is a multi-way pot?
You should be less aggressive unless you hold a hand that plays well in a multi-way pot.

3. What if you are the first player to enter the pot?
Any hand that you play is worth a raise.

4. What hands does this normally mean?
It includes hands in Groups 1-7.

5. What if there are already callers?
Raise with Groups 1-3 and sometimes Group 4 and sometimes straight flush combinations from Group 5.

6. What if you hold AQ and there are many players in the pot?
You should only call.

7. What if you have 87 and several players are already in?
Your correct play would be to raise.

8. But what if you are against players who not only play too many hands, but also go too far with them?
You should usually call with 87.

9. What is another reason to raise?
If you think it may buy you the button.

10. When it is correct to raise with weaker hands in late position?
When you are against one or two callers who play badly and did not enter the pot from an early position and you have a playable hand that would prefer to play a small number of rivals.

11. Give examples?
A7s, AJ, QJ and even as weak as QT.

12. What is one of the reasons for making such kind of raise?
Against weak rivals it allows you to "take control" of the pot.

13. What does it mean?
If your rival do not flop a hand, a bet will often pick up the pot.

14. What if you decide not to bet?
Your raise may have given you a free card.

15. When deciding you to make this kind of play what else should you consider?
You should consider what your rival thinks of you.

16. What kind of hand is needed to call a raise cold?
You need a very good hand, even in a last position.

17. If several players are already in, even though it has been raised, what other hands can you play?
You can play hands like T9 or 88.

18. What about small pairs at this point?
You can play if you can expect five players.

19. What hands do you re-raise with?
You can re-raise with any Group 1 hand.

20. What if you are against a loose raiser?
You should be ready to re-raise with AQ, 99 or 88

21. When would you re-raise with weak hands?
You should re-raise when your rival is first in with a raise from a last position.

22. Should you ever call in this situation?
It is almost never correct to just call.

23. When would it be correct to make the above play with pairs down through sixes and sometimes as weak as fours?
You need to be against someone who will immediately fold on the flop or who will check it down if they have any doubt over their hand.

24. What if you hold hands like KT, QT (all offsuit) and a couple of players have called from early or middle position?
You should throw it away more often.

25. When is this correct?
It would be correct if one of the limpers plays well.

26. What if you are against bad players who will come with many more hands?
They are absolutely playable.

27. If you are last to act and there are already callers, what hands can you call with?
You can call with those hands in Groups 1-7.

28. What if you have a small pair and are against four or more callers?
The correct play would be to raise occasionally.

29. How this raise will help you?
It will make the pot larger so that if you hit your hand your rivals may be inclined to call with over cards. Further they might even check to you, giving you the free card.

30. With what other hands is this kind of play sometimes correct?
It would be correct with small suited connectors.

31. If you are on the button and there are several players, what additional hands can you call with if there was no raise?
You can call with hands in Group 8 or worse, for example, Q5.

32. Would you ever make this button call with a hand like 96?
No, it is too weak.

33. If no one else has called, what can you raise the blind with from last position?
You can raise hands in Groups 1-8.

34. What about hand like A6?
You still should raise the blinds if they are either very tight or very weak.

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