Texas Holdem Addendum

Till now, we have covered most of the different ideas. In hold'em, there is countless number of unique situations and possibilities that can occur at this instance. Here in this section we will discuss some of the miscellaneous topics and will also try to clarify many of the concepts and ideas that have already been discussed.

As we have said earlier, there is much more to win at this sophisticated game. This is fairly attributed to the large number of alternate strategies for which a good situation can be made. Furthermore, the fact that so many cards are shared by all the players who are present in the pot makes hold'em very distinctive from other forms of poker.

Few ideas have not been correctly discussed in print. This is correct with much information that follows. Many items have not been grasped by a large percentage of professional players. Many of these concepts are not easy to understand but once you are expert in them you can consider yourself an expert player - provided that you possess the experience that is very necessary in achieving the success in Texas hold'em.

Remember that many of the following concepts and ideas relates with some of the other concepts and ideas earlier discussed. Sometimes the idea may go against something that was said earlier. However, one successful key in hold'em play is the ability to balance the ideas and to choose the strategy that is best for each such situation. Developing the skills that allow you to make these kinds of decisions does not create so easily. However, such skills can be achieved.

Being Beat on the River

How would you come to know when someone has you beat on the river and you should throw your hand away? However, you are unlikely to know for sure when you are heads-up situation. But in the multi-way pots it is true. For example you have

And the flop comes

Someone bet, you raise and one player cold calls behind you. The turn card is a blank. Again there is a bet, you raise and the same player cold calls. If the flush card comes to the end, it is now impossible to have the best hand. Though it is not sure someone has a flush, if he doesn't, then he has you beat already. One other time you can be almost sure that a flush card will beat you even when there haven't been raise is when you are in the pot where several players have stayed on the flop and there are no drawing chances other than two flush cards. Instead if the flop was

If a flush card comes, you are most likely beaten. It would again be different if the flop was

Here your rival might be in on straight draws and it might be correct to pay off a bet if a spade hits the board.

The best time to put a player on a flush draw occurs when 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. Folding is correct in the case against tough players.

A fairly related play that most people miss (even for those who play for livelihood) is to bet into possible flush draws on fourth street when you are not sure whether you or your rival has the better hand.

For example you flop a high pair but don't have a very good kicker. Perhaps you flopped jacks and also have a queen. Suppose there were two suited cards on the flop and when you bet, your rival raised.

You will certainly have problem with his raise. First, recognize that you can easily be beat. Your rival is likely to hold a high pair with a better kicker, an over pair, two pair, or a set. (The action before the flop must give a sign of what he might have.) However, your rival might also be on a flush draw and is simply trying for a free card.

Here the correct play is to just call and see what the turn comes. If a flush hits, it is now likely that you are beat, and you generally should check and fold. However, if a flush card does not hit, you may well have the best hand and you do not wish to give any free cards. As a result, you should bet into your rival again. (If you are raised again, just fold. There are few players who would semi-bluff raise twice in a row.)


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