General concepts

Points of Play

Tournament Play

Fifth Street

Example 11

            How do you play your hand?
Answer – Check and fold if he bets.  You are too much of an underdog.  The only poker exception would be if there is a lot of money in the pot and if you know your opponent will bet even if he has paired his trey.


Example 12

            How do you play this hand if there has been no double raise to this point?

Answer - Check. If the K-5-3 bets and the Q-5-2 calls or raises you should fold. You are too much of an underdog against two smooth draws. Call if the king bets and the queen folds. If the king checks and the queen bets, you may be getting trapped by the king, but you still are forced to call since the K-5-3 may have paired fives.



Example 13

            You have bet on fourth poker street and he called.  Now what do you do?

Answer – Check. It isn’t worth semi-bluffing in this situation since the five probably didn’t pair him. If he bets, you should fold. If, however, he caught a fifth street card that had a decent chance of pairing him, you should bet since he will fold a four-card nine and you are getting 3-to-1 on your bluff.  Plus, you may still win even if he calls.


Example 14

            What do you do if he bets?

Answer – Raise. You are either a monster favorite or a small underdog. The only time you should call is if you are sure he hasn’t paired or to mix up your play.


Example 15

            What do you do if he bets?

Answer – Fold. You may be the favorite on the next card, but it still isn’t worth it if the pot isn’t large. This is similar to Example 17.


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