Holdem FAQ: Miscellaneous Topics

1. Give three examples of when someone has you beat on the river?
A. Suppose you have AA and the flop is Q62. There is a bet, you raise and someone cold calls behind you. The turn card is blank. Again, there is a bet, you raise and the same player cold calls. If the flush card comes on the end, it is now impossible for you to have the best hand.

B. You are in a multi-way pot and there are no drawing opportunities other than two flush cards. If a flush card appears, you will be beaten.

C. Someone raises on the flop, especially against two or three people then checks on fourth street after everyone else checks (when a non-flush card hits) but bets on the river if the flush card comes.

2. If you semi-bluff on the flop and are called, will you continue betting on the fourth-street?
It is all depended upon the situation. If you bet on the flop, a lot of players will call and then usually throw their hands away for the nest bet. If you always bet again, many of your rivals will opt for this style and will call or even raise you on fourth street.

3. What does it mean?
You should give up on many of your semi-bluffs once the turn comes.

4. Suppose you flop on an open-end straight draw and two-flush cards are also on board. Will it be correct to bet?
Betting would be the correct strategy only if you are against small number of rivals.

5. What about a hand that gives you an inside straight draw with two over cards on the flop?
You should play this hand strongly, especially against a small number of rivals and be ready to bet it a second time no matter what the last card hits.

6. Betting in late position on the flop, are you likely to get a free card?
Yes almost most of the time. If you bet on the flop and are called, most players will tend to check to you on fourth street.

7. Should you be concerned about the check-raise in this case?
Yes.

8. What is this function of?
More so the rivals that you are up against, rather than of the cards that appeared on the flop.

9. Will it be correct to play flush draws when a pair is on the board?
As you may run into the full house, the important thing to consider is how much money is in the pot. To put in other way, the pot should be giving you somewhat better odds than if there were no pair showing.

10. What else is important to consider?
It is also important to consider which pair and off-card are on the flop.

11. Give an example?
If the flop is JJT, and someone already may have flopped a full house. However, if the flop is 992, it is unlikely that you are looking at a full house.

12. Should you call with a straight draw if two-flush cards have flopped?
Most of the same ideas apply. As you may run into a flush, you need better than the normal pot odds to call.

13. If the board pairs on fourth street, should drawing hands be thrown away?
Occasionally. However, you need better odds than normal to continue playing. Also consider which card has paired and what the other cards are.

14. Suppose the board pairs on fourth street, someone bets, you are next, and there are many players behind you, what must you take care of?
You may be raised if you call. Therefore you may be forced to put more amount money in the pot on a 4-to-1 shot.

15. If there has been no raise before the flop, how will you play from the flop on?
You should tighter, as more possible hands may be out and you are getting smaller pot odds.

16. Example?
Suppose the flop comes with the small pair. If there was an early-position raiser and a couple of callers, you could be sure that no one else has a third card of the same rank. However, this may not be the case if there was no raise, especially if many players took the flop (or if the raise came after several players had already called.)

17. What if a two-flush flops?
A. Play your good hands more aggressively as there is better chance that you will be called.
B. Almost never slow-play.
C. If your hand is average but normally worth a bet, it is correct to check. You might run into irrelevant raises or be outdrawn even if you have the best hand.

18. Is it profitable to bluff when a pair flops?
Yes, specifically if the flop does not include a straight or flush draw.

19. What should you do if the good player "back fire" at you?
You should consider taking it to a third bet and then betting the remaining hand. However, don't do this automatically.

20. How else can you bluff at flops that contain a pair?
You can make a "delayed bluff." Instead of betting quickly when a pair flops, it is often best to check. If a good player often bets from a late position and you think he is capable of bluffing at this point, you can call if no one else has entered the pot. Assuming that no one else has called behind you, you can bet into your rival on fourth street.

21. Give an example?
In a multi-way pot, the flop is Q66. You check from an early position, a strong player bets in a late position, you call and there are no other players. It is correct to go ahead and bet on the turn regardless of what card hits on the board.

22. What should you remember when you play a pair in the hole?
If you do not make trips when a rival flops - especially if the over card is an ace - you will be in a problem.

23. When is this true?
It is especially true in a multi-way pot.

24. Example?
You have QQ against four rivals. A king flops, and someone else bets into you. If you showed some strength before the flop, you are fairly always beaten.

25. What is the exception of this folding?
The exception is if the bettor is a kind of player who fairly always goes for a check-raise if he flops a hand as strong as a top pair.

26. In a heads-up situation, do you automatically throw away your hand when an over card flops?
No.

27. Give example?
You have JJ the flop comes KT4 and your rival bets. If he is likely to bet a ten as a king, you should continue to play.

28. Can you semi-bluff with a pair in the hole?
Yes. You may bet into over cards in the expectation of folding out medium pairs. Notice that this is not exactly a semi-bluff.

29. Give an example?
Suppose you have 88 and the flop is AK2. Your bet might force your rival with 99, TT, JJ or QQ to fold, especially if he plays "weak tight."

30. Suppose you have 96 in the blind and get a free play against three or four rivals. The flop is Q92. Is it correct to bet in order to stop free cards from betting you? Or is this a check-and-fold situation?
It is a very close decision between betting, checking, and calling, and checking and folding.

31. What if your kicker is good - that is, it is above a queen?
A bet would be correct.

32. Suppose the flop is the same but you hold TT. How will you play this hand?
As you can now beat all middle pairs, you should bet on the flop and if you are not raised, bet again on fourth street.

33. What if the flop includes two suited cards?
If the pot is short-handed then bet. If several players are in, bet only if one of your tens is of the same suit.

34. What if you are against many players who will play any ace?
You should check and fold any pair below aces if an ace flops unless the pot odds justify chasing.

35. How will you play against a loose, wild, and extremely aggressive player?
If he acts after you do, you should be very selective of the hands you play. If you act after him and you are going to play, be prepared to re-raise to punish him for his extra aggressive tendencies.


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