Holdem FAQ: Miscellaneous Topics

1. Where would you prefer to sit if there is a maniac in the game?
You would like to sit on his left unless there are some prudent players in the game who will not endure your strategy.

2. What is the advantage of being on his right?
It gives you an opportunity to limp in before the flop or to check to him on the later streets.

3. What is the main reason to be on his left?
The only reason is to isolate him.

4. What hands do you play against a maniac who is raising almost every hand?
You can play those hands that can win showdown without improving. This includes hands like A9 and KT.

5. Suppose you have QQ. You open for two bets and someone else makes it three bets. What will you do if an ace or a king appears on the flop?
You should generally check and fold.

6. What if the flop looks favorable?
You should be inclined to check and call all the way.

7. What is the exception to only before the flop, as opposed to re-raising?
It is when you think that your rival may believe that you might be stealing.

8. When does this generally occur?
It occurs when you are first in from a late position or just by circumstances you have been raising a lot.

9. Suppose the flop looks favorable but you hold 99?
You should play as before.

10. How should you play top pair if a three-flush flops and you are against a few rivals?
You should usually bet since you cannot afford to give a free card.

11. What if you are against many players and you are early to act?
It is always correct to check and call.

12. What if several players have already passed?
You should generally bet.

13. If a three-flush flops and you have a "high suited card," how high does this card need to be for you to keep playing?
High suited card means one of the top two of that particular suit.

14. Against few rivals, what does a suited flop rarely allow you to do?
It allows you to bluff.

15. What should happen?
As long as your rivals are reasonable players, they won't allow call your bet on the flop unless they have at least top pair or one of the two suited cards.

16. Should you bluff into many rivals when you see a flop with a medium two card combination such as JT3?
No. There are other ways that a JT or a T9 can hit your rivals.

17. What kind of hand should you bet on fourth street?
Hands that, if already beaten have no outs.

18. What if your hand has outs?
You should tend to check.

19. Example?
You have AA a third suited card comes on fourth street, and neither of your aces is of that suit. Against an aggressive player, the correct play is to bet and then fold if you are raised.

20. But what if you make two pair when the third suited card hits on fourth street?
The correct play would be check and call.

21. Example?
You have K3 and on fourth street the board is KJ73. If you are first to act, you should usually check and call.

22. What if you are against someone who plays as instructed in this text?
It may be wrong to bet and fold when it appears you have no outs.

23. What is the correct play if you have two pair or a set on the turn, a third suited card hits and your rival bets into you?
The correct play is to raise.

24. What is another significant concept concerning fourth-street play?
You should be betting good hands on the flop but then often check-raising with them on the turn.

25. Why should this be a common strategy?
You will be giving up many more hands on fourth street. That is, you won't follow through on most of your semi-bluffs and/or the other weak hands that you normally bet on the flop. Thus, prevent giving your hand away you must also check more of good hands.

26. What exactly does it mean?
When first to act, you should check on fourth street as much as 60 percent of the time with your good and bad hands as long as a free card does not create any problem for you and your rivals are aggressive.

27. What if the game is very loose?
If the game is loose then you will not be making many semi-bluffs kind of bet on the flop so it won't be necessary to balance your strategy.

28. Should you fear of cinch hands in most situations?

29. Suppose you have QJ and flop two pair with a small card. You bet and get a couple of callers, one before you and one after you. A nine - which would give someone a straight - comes on fourth street and the first person bets into you. How will you play?
You should not fold. This person can easily be betting a hand like jacks and nines, or a pair and a straight draw. Your correct play is to raise.

30. What is the play that expert players make against an average rival on fourth street?
They will bluff from an early position into many rivals, everyone has checked on the flop.

31. When does this play succeed?
It works when the turn card is not an over card or a third suited card.

32. What else you should consider?
Some of your rivals are more likely to be weak if they bet the flop, as against to check-raising.

33. On the flop, suppose there is some chance that you have the best hand and that everyone will fold if you bet, but if you don't have the best hand, you still have some chance of improvement. What should you do?
You should bet very often.

34. Give an example?
You call a raise from the big blind with a pair of sixes, are against two rivals and the flop is AT5. You should bet strongly. If raised, almost always fold, and if called, usually check on the nest round.

35. You are against a small number of rivals, flop a good but not great hand, and someone bets into you. What would you do?
You should call often on the flop and on the fourth street and then raise on the river.

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