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Tournament Play

Sixth Street

Example 16

            What do you do after the queen checks?          
Answer – Consider checking it right back. This is another example of the situation mentioned in the poker theory. The queen obviously has a ten low made or he couldn’t have called you on fourth street.

You, however, could have two sixes or possibly three nines. Your check has now confirmed his suspicious. Down the river the queen will almost certainly check if he doesn’t help and bet if he does since he thinks you are drawing to a nine.

Thus, if he bets on seventh street, you raise if you help and fold if you don’t. If he checks on seventh street, you bet regardless. He virtually has to call with a 10 (but probably would not call if you bet your hand on sixth street).

Playing your hand this way figures to save you money if he helps and you don’t, yet not cost you any bets should the other possibilities occur.

However, this play is only right against mediocre to good opponents. It may backfire against suckers or  against expert poker players who are aware of this play (and may, for instance, bet a ten on the end knowing that you’ll fold a nine.)


Example 17

            What do you do when he bets?

Answer – Fold. This is a common mistake that I see every day. Even though you know you are drawing to beat his present hand, it isn’t worth calling unless there is a lot of money in the pot or unless he is all in (or unless you know he won’t bet on the end unless he makes a ten low enabling you do fold a jack when you make it). A draw to a ten against a jack-nine made is borderline.

Example 18

            What do you do after he checks?

Answer – You should usually check right back. The reason is that he might be drawing dead. If he is drawing dead, he will certainly fold when you bet but you may win an extra bet on the end if you check on sixth street.

If he is not drawing dead, your check has only cost you a fraction of a bet (according to poker mathematics). Had you, in fact, paired eights, you now should usually bet to make him fold if he did pair treys. I say “usually” in these situations because you don’t want an expert player to pick up on these plays.


Example 19

            What do you do if you bet and he raises?

Answer – Fold. He wouldn’t raise you with a seven-six and he can’t have a smooth seven or straight six. You need to catch an ace to win and you are not getting good enough pot odds.


Example 20

            Dou you call if he bets?

Answer – Yes. This is an exception to the general rule that you fold if you might be drawing dead. You have quite a few cards that will beat his eight or seven -six low and you will certainly get a call if you make your hand.

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