Holdem's Psychology Skills

1. What is meant by psychology of poker?
It means getting into your rivals' heads, examining how they think, ascertaining what they think you think, and also evaluating what they think you think they think.

2. For example, you bluff at a flop that contains a pair and are raised by a strong rival who knows you would bluff at this flop. What is the correct play for you?
The correct play is to re-raise and then bet again on the turn if necessary.

3. Will make this play against weak rivals?
No.

4. When a rival bets on the end in a situation where he is sure that you are going to call, is he bluffing?
No.

5. Give an example?
You bet when all the cards are out and one player raises you.

6. Is folding correct on fourth street?
No. Aggressive players will raise on the turn if they hold an average hand which has some possibility to become a strong hand.

7. When would your rival be bluffing?
He will bluff when there is a good chance that you will fold.

8. Give an example?
On the flop, no one bets and a small card hits on the turn. If one of your rival bets and he is a kind of player who would try to win the pot with nothing, it is correct to call (or raise) with fairly weak hand.

9. What is equally important to consider when deciding whether to bet?
What your rival thinks you have.

10. If your rival doubts a strong hand, what should you do?
You should bluff a lot.

11. Give an example?
You raise before the flop with AQ, three rags flop and the last card is a king. If you have been betting all the way, it would be difficult for anyone to call on the end only a small pair.

12. What if you know your rival doubts that you are weak?
You should not try to bluff because you will get trapped. But you should bet your decent hands for value.

13. Should you deliberately make your play incorrect?
Yes

14. Why?
This is because you will be affecting the thinking of your rivals for future hands.

15. Give an example?
You can make it sometimes three bets before the flop with a hand like 76. Assuming that your rivals see your hand in the showdown, they should be less inclined to steal against you in a similar situation when rags flop.

16. Give a second example of similar play?
You can throw in an extra raise early in a hand with cards that don't really warrant it.

17. What are you trying to do?
You should try to give the illusion of action.

18. Give an example?
You can raise the pot with a hand like 53.

19. When should you make such kind of play?
You should make in loose games where you are against people who play many hands and go beyond with their hands.

20. With what kind of players do such kind of plays work better against?
Such plays work well against players who are good enough to try to take advantage of their creative knowledge but who are not good enough to understand that you know this.

Addendum

All these questions are not presented as a substitute for the materials in the site. The main reason for this is to help you to keep updated between full readings of Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players. We suggest that when you believe you have become a winning hold'em player you re-read the text item after every other month and assess the questions about once in a week. Also remember to hide the answer and to think over to those questions which you find it most difficult. Furthermore, try to correlate the questions with the present hands that you have played and try to figure out which concept will be correct to apply.

An important thing to remember, as mentioned several times in this book, is that Texas hold'em is a sophisticated kind of game. It means that you should be a student for life. Some forms of poker game are quite simple which you can master them in a short period of time. One reason for this is that only a small number of situations can develop and in particular you will know exactly what the correct strategy is for almost every hand that you play. Unfortunately, hold'em is not this way. To become an expert player, it takes a very long time. That is the reason why the continuous assessment of these questions is so essential.

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