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Pairing the Door Card

If you are going high and pair your door card, you most likely have made trips.

Now you should bet out and continue betting most of the way through the hand.

If someone is raising, you probably should be reraising, unless it looks as though there is a good chance you are beat.

Usually the raise will come from a low hand who has a player with a weaker low hand trapped in the middle.

However, if the raise occurs in heads-up play and you are looking at three low cards, you could be beat or your opponent could have a free roll, so you should just call.

If you have a low card up, you pair your door card on fourth street, and it does not make you trips, it is actually an improvement, since you have slightly improved your winning chances.

But it is not necessarily the improvement that you want. Pairing your door card is certainly better than receiving a bust card, in which case you probably would much your hand, but it frequently does not add value to your hand.

It sometimes allows you to disguise your holding and perhaps to bluff a little, because your opponent may be scared of trips.

Generally, the high card will take one more card off. If you then catch another low card, he usually will give up, unless he has made at least two pair.

If you catch a bust on fifth street, the high hand almost always will play on, so you need trips or at least two pair to bet.

The bad part about pairing your door card when you have a low card up is that you probably will be first to act the rest of the way.

If you are not first, it means that someone else has a bigger pair showing, in which case you are most likely beat and will have to go out.

If you are first and have a weak hand, your bet is virtually a bluff and you are hoping to knock out opponents.

But pairing your small door card improves three low cards, because this enables you to catch any low card, a trip card, or another pair to likely give you the best hand in one of the directions.

If you are up against other low hands, pairing your small door card puts you at a definite disadvantage.

If you are up against a high hand, it doesn’t matter, because you will be trying to mislead him anyway.

If you pair your low door card and make trips, you generally should play your hand as you would if you had made big trips.

That is, bet it all the way – unless someone makes a scary board, in which case you will either check and call, check and raise ( if you make a full house or better ), or check and fold ( if it is obvious your opponent has made a better poker hand, such as higher trips ).

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The Toughest Decision of All / Staying to the End

Pairing the Door Card / Keeping Track of the Cards

Scare Cards / An Expert Play / Another Good Play / Quick Notes


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