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Fifth Street

1. What is an important poker mathematics fact of fifth street?
    -->   A four-card bike draw or a six low draw is a favorite over a rough nine made.

2. What about a smooth draw against a rough eight made?
    -->   It may still be a favorite depending on the cards that are out.

3. Is a rough eight a money favorite against two smooth draws in poker?
    -->   No.  It is usually more than a 2-to-1 underdog.

4. If you find yourself with two bad hands ones showing against someone showing three good cards, what should you do?
    -->   Fold unless the pot has become extremely large.

5. which poker strategy shoud be used if the situation is reversed?
    -->   It is an automatic bet even if you have a hidden two pair.

6. Suppose you have a three-card hand and your opponent has what appears to be a four-card hand, what do you do?
    -->   Normally fold.

7. When would it be correct to chase in this spot?
    -->   A high suspicion that the apparent four-card hand has paired or a lot of money is in the pot coupled with very live cards.

8. What about a three-card hand versus a three-card hand?
    -->   The better three-card hand should usually bet to win the pot, but a hand like J-10-5-6-7 is a clear favorite over something like Q-J-A-2-3.

9. What about a four-card hand against another apparent four-card hand?
    -->   You should almost always bet if there is any chance that your opponent has paired up.

10. When might you check?
    -->   You are absolutely positive your opponent did not pair up.

11. What if you check and your opponent bets?
    -->   Don’t raise unless your four-card hand based on smallness and the cards that are out is clearly better than his.

12. What if you have an apparent four-card hand but have paired and your opponent looks like he has a four-card hand, should you try strategy bluffing?
    -->   No, just about never.

13. How do you play in this spot?
    -->   If first, be prepared to check and fold, if second, fold if he bets.

14. Do you bet when you have three good cards showing against an opponent who has two good cards showing?
    -->   Yes, it is almost automatic.

15. When would you check in this spot?
    -->   If your playing hand includes an 8 or 9 showing you may want to check into an especially smooth draw.  This is certainly true against a player who knows that he is the favorite with the smooth draw.

16. What if there is some chance that he has paired?
    -->   Almost always bet even if you are afraid  of a raise.

17. When should you check in this spot?
    -->   You have two hidden pair and are quite sure that your opponent

18. What if you only have one pair?
    -->   It is critical to bet even if your actual four-card hand is somewhat worse than his.

19. Why is this bet correct?
    -->   If you catch good on sixth poker street and your opponent catches bad, he may fold fearing that you have a cinch hand.

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