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    Question number one to eight have their setting in money-game poker play; question number nine to twelve are taken from tournament poker play. The first six questions can be considered to be in a pot-limit poker game, even though the answers would be the same at no-limit hold’em poker.

    The last six questions are in a no-limit hold’em poker format. Until it is stated, assume that the game is nine-handed, using blinds of $15 and $25, with each poker player in the game having a minimum of couple of grand in chips. Since, in this type of tournament the amount of money is even more important, always pay close attention to the size of your stack.

(1) You are in the blind with 9♠-9♣. Each poker player folds around to the button, who opens the pot for $100. What is your action when the little blind folds and your decision now counts?

Answer:- raise (10) call(7)   fold(0)

Explanation:- There is no means to know that whether 9♠-9♣ is the best hand or not. As the rival poker player might be simply trying to pick up the blind money on a very modest holding, it is clearly too good a poker hand to fold when the button raises. I would advise you to reraise which is contrary to what most poker players think.

    Always bet half a grand on the flop whenever the rival poker player calls. The chances of the rival poker player wilting under pressure are much higher. However, always use your head. Never make this play against someone who likes to smooth-call a reraise when holding a big pair or against a calling station.

    When holding an intermediate strength pocket pair, I have an aversion to calling a decent-size raise heads-up out-of-position which you would have understood by now. Against flopping a set, the odds are over 7-1 and it is often difficult to double through the rival poker player from in front on him when you do hit trips. It is still hard to know where you stand, if you flop an overpair.

    I would advise you to take a firm position on the hand before the flop. You should fold if the rival poker player is a solid poker player who raised in early position. You should play back at the rival poker player if you think that the rival poker player lacks solid value for his raise. However, with this type of hand, and you are heads-up out-of-position, you should avoid calling.

(2) You pick up pocket aces in the middle position. The poker player under the-gun opens for a raise, the next couple of poker players fold and it is now your turn. Do you try to get a better result by smooth-calling or reraising?

Answer- raise(10)  call(5)   fold(-100)

Explanation:- If the other poker players enter the pot behind you, and if you simply call your position would be abysmal. You will get into a lot of trouble by a bet by the raiser if those aces get out-flopped. Reraising before the flop is a better option. There is a decent chance of getting called, or even played back at. Remember that an early position raiser has chances of having a good hand.

  Many years ago, a similar situation arose in one of the deals. I smooth-called with the aces against an under-the-gun raise by Robert Turner. All the other poker players folded. The flop came ace-rag-rag. Of course, I won the pot. However, after the flop, I made nary a penny. As it turned out, my rival poker player held pocket kings.

    Till I showed the rival poker player my hand, he kept on getting annoyed because of that ace coming on the flop. I would have won a big pot, perhaps even a double-up if I had reraised before the flop. I realized in this deal that using aces to smooth-call an early-position raiser was a very bad play.

(3) In middle position, you pick up pocket queens and open for a raise to $100. Only the poker player on your left and the poker player on the button call. The flop comes K♦-8♦-2♣. Do you bet or check in such a scenario?

Answer:- Check(10)   bet(7)

Explanation:- By sometimes poker betting and other times checking, you should vary your game with this texture flop. Checking does not mean that the rival poker player can steal. For example, if I had raised with A-K, I would vary my action with this type of flop, probably betting about two-thirds of the time.

    I would be more likely to hold Q-Q or J-J than A-Q or A-J if I check the flop because my hand is less than top pair. Normally, when you do not have even a pair to show down, it is better to bet and when you have something, it is better to check.

    Here, I would normally check a pair of queens. Not many free cards are going to beat me. There is a good chance of me folding if someone bets. I would confidently bet on fourth street if the rival poker players both check the flop. 

(4) You pick up A♣-9♣ in late position. What do you do when the poker player on your immediate right opens the pot for $100?

Answer:- fold(10)    raise(5) call(0)

Explanation:- Relative to the raiser, your position is the worst possible. An ace suited with a middle-sized or low card is not a strong hand. Your drawing hand needs to have very favorable position to play in a raised pot. You have a clear fold. Rather than calling, it is preferable to reraise.

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