Situation 11

The blinds are $10-$25. You are in the first position and have:

You bring it in for a normal raise of $75 and Tight Tom, sitting two seats to your left, calls. Everyone folds their hands to Reckless Ricky on the button. Ricky re-raises to $200. Now both of the blinds fold.

How will you play with a pair of kings?

•  You can re-raise the pot to $900.

•  You can smooth call because you are afraid he has aces.

•  You can re-raise all-in because your hand is so big.

Conclusion

You want to put as much money as possible in the pot before the flop with your pocket kings. If we re-raise to $900, Tight Tom will fold his poker hand. Reckless Ricky will call or maybe re-raise. Smooth-calling is dangerous because Tight Tom may come in with something like AK or a pair and hit the flop. Remember that your kings will hold up better against one player than two. If move all-in, Tom and Ricky will fold their hands unless they have the one hand that you don't want to see - pocket aces. We don't want to force them to fold their hands that we are big favorite over.

Therefore the first option is the recommended play.

Playing Kings on the flop

It is likely that an over card ace comes on the flop when you are holding a pair of kings. When an ace appears on the flop, someone holding a weak hand such as A-3 also becomes a good hand than your kings. When such thing happens, you should play your pocket kings very carefully. It is also possible with one of the ace falling on the flop might also make you lose to some extent. However you might win most of the time with no ace falling on the flop.

Situation 12

In the $10-$25 blind you are in the first position. You are holding:

Before the flop you raise the pot to $100 and got called by Novice Noreen, who is sitting one seat after you. Solid Samuel, on the button, also calls. Everyone else folded. Now the pot is $335, which includes two blinds, one raiser and two callers. You are first one to act and the flop comes


How will you play?

•  You can bet the size of the pot $335.

•  You can check and then raise if someone bets.

•  You can check and see what other players do.

Conclusion

It is not a good flop for you. It minimizes your chance of winning. Two aces on the flop seem better than one because it is one less ace that the other players could have in their hand. You should know that when Solid Samuel calls the raise, he might be having good cards, so he could easily have an ace in his hand. Knowing how Novice Noreen plays, we realize that she could also have an ace. We just need more information to play our hand.

Thus the third option is much preferable at this point. When you check on the flop, it is possible that your rival might think you have an ace in your hand and that you are slow-playing it. It is also possible that your rival might be slow-playing. However, you raised before the flop. By checking on the flop, you may prevent them from betting. If they also checks on the flop just bet $200 on the turn and see what other players do. By doing this, you will get a better chance to win the pot. However, if you are called by someone then check on the river unless you catch king, in which case you can bet.

Situation 13

The blinds are $10-$25. You are in the middle position having

You raise before the flop to $100 and get called by Loose Levin on the button and Tight Tom in the small blind. The pot contains two blinds, a raiser and two callers which makes the pot to $335. The flop comes:

Tight Tom checks on the flop.

How will you play your two kings?

•  You can check with the expectation of moving in on Loose Levin if he bets.

•  You can bet about $300 to win the pot right now.

•  You can check with the expectation of folding if someone bets.

Conclusion

Checking with the nut flush draw and an under pair (kings) against two rivals, one of whom has already checked, is not the correct play. It is possible Loose Levin can bet without having any aces or a flush, putting us into trouble. We bet $300 and try to win the pot on the flop. Therefore the second option is suitable. If Levin folds and Tight Tom moves in on us, we should fold unless Tom has only a few more chips than our bet. We have to catch another spade to win against Tom. If we are called on the flop, we check fourth poker street unless a diamond or a king comes.

Playing Queens before the flop

Pocket queens are much difficult to play before the flop. You should play such hands very cautiously. Most of the time, especially in the later rounds of tournament, a classic confrontation comes up in which two players get all their chips in the pot before the flop. One player has A-K and other player has Q-Q. The queens are the favorite though only a small favorite, over the A-K. Your hand tends to lose when an ace or king comes on the river.

There are two over pairs-aces and kings where the queens can be out against them before the flop. Then when an ace or king comes on the flop, you are afraid that someone has hit ace or king. Sometimes you will take the chance and go with your pair of queens, either before or after the flop.

In early position, we like to raise four times the big blind before the flop. You can raise as much as five times the big blind if you are first to enter the pot.

Situation 14

The blinds are $10-$25. You are first player to act. You are holding


How will you play?

•  You can raise to $300.

•  You can raise to $125.

•  You can move all in.

Conclusion

You can either move all in or make a larger bet ($300 is a large bet when the blinds are small) the only hands that will call you are aces or kings. Thus, the second option is recommended to play.

Situation 15

The blinds are $10-$25. Solid Samuel limped in the first poker position and Reckless Ricky limped behind him. You raise $175 and both of them call. You are holding:


The flop comes

They both check to you on the flop.


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