Reading Holdem Hands FAQ

1. What is the complementary way to read holdem hands?
The common way to read holdem hands is to ascertain what the rival's check, bet or raise mean and then see at the exposed cards and try to determine from them what his overall hand can be. You can then combine the plays he has made throughout the hand with the exposed cards and come to a decision about his likely hand.

2. Is it a mistake to put a rival on a particular hand early and then stick to your original conclusion irrespective of what things develops?

3. For example, when two suited card appear on the flop a player raises after there has been a bet and a couple of callers, but then checks on the turn when a blank hits. What would be his possible hand?
His possible hand would be a flush draw.

4. In such case, what many players try to ascertain?
They determine whether the rival has a bad hand, an average hand, a good hand or a great hand.

5. What kind of hand your rival is having if he bets on the end?
He might be having an average hand.

6. What is the best way to read hands?
The best way to read hands is to work backwards.

7. Suppose if the last card is a deuce and the rival who has been calling bets suddenly to your surprise, is it likely that he has a set of deuces?
No. It does not look possible that he would have called so far with only two deuces in the hole.

8. For example, the flop is KQ2. The player bets and the second player raises. A third player who is also in an early position and is solid but not very aggressive player raises again. Also assume that there are several other players left to act behind the re-raiser and that this re-raiser had called before the flop. Is the re-raiser trying for a free card?

9. Is it likely that the re-raiser is having a set?
No. He would have raised before the flop with KK or QQ but not likely to play with 22 in an early position.

10. Does the re-raiser have Ak's, AK, or KQ's?
No. If he was having such hand then he would have raised before the flop.

11. Would he make it three bets with KJ, KJ, KT or KT?

12. What else other possibility is left?

13. When you cannot persuade a player on a hand, but have reduced his holdings to a limited number, what should you use to determine the chances of his likely hands rather than others?
You should use mathematics.

14. For example, an early position player calls and then re-raises. You figure him as a player who call initially and then re-raise only with AA, KK, AK's, or AK. What are the chances that your rival does not hold a pair?

He will get AA or KK 0.9 percent of the time and AK's or AK 1.2 percent of the time. By comparing these possibilities you conclude that the chances are 4-to-3 that your rival does not hold a pair.

15. For example you have JJ and the flop on board comes AT3and your rival bets. What should you do if you think your rival is equally likely to have a ten as an ace?
You should just call.

16. If the card on the turn is another ace and your rival bets again, what should you do?
You should raise if you know that this rival would still bet if he had only a ten.

17. What is another main concept required to read hands and decide how to play your hand?
The number of players in the pot decides how to read hands and how to play your hand.

18. In addition to the bettor, if there is also caller ahead of you, what should you do?
You should tighten up because you do not have the extra equity that the bettor may be bluffing.

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