General concepts

Points of Play

Tournament Play

Seventh Street

1. Playing poker games in a multi-way pot, if one opponent is forced to call you and you have him beat but your other opponent is drawing to beat you, should you bet?
    -->   Yes.

Case I. Your opponent bets and you are debating whether your hand is worth a call.

1. When should you call?
    -->   If  the odds you are getting justify your chances.

2. How do you determine your chances of winning?
    -->   Reading hands and knowing your opponent.

3. Is raising ever better than calling?
    -->   Yes it is if your opponent will throw some hands away that you can’t beat.

4. When should this be done?
    -->   Only against very tough players.

5. What is a good example of this?
    -->   You have what appears to bean easy calling poker hand (this is the key to this play).  And your tough opponent will thus reason that you must have made a monster.

6. For instance?
    -->   Your opponent has J-7-6-5 showing and you have J-8-5-2 showing, it can be a very good play to raise him with an 8 low.

7. What made the above look like an easy call?
    -->   It looks like you have an eight low.

8. What if your board was K-Q-5-2?
    -->   Now your raise might look like a desperation play and be called.

9. When is this bluff raise of question No.6 correct?
    -->   Only against expert players who are not aware that you are capable of this play.

10. If you make this play and your opponent does fold, do you show your hand?
    -->   Absolutely not.

11. When can a raise as a bluff be right against a bad player?
    -->   If you think that he might be bluffing but you cannot beat his bluff.

12. Example?
    -->   The bad player has something like a 2-4-6-10 showing and you have a 3-5-9-J and because of the way the hand was played and the cards that were out you felt that it was worth drawing to a nine and missed it and you now suspect that he is betting a ten on the end as a bluff.

13. How often do these situations arise?
    -->   Very rarely.

14. Can you call a player who never bluffs?
    -->   Only if you can beat some of his legitimate bets.

15. When might a player be bluffing?
    -->   If he has been forced to bet every betting round because of the sequence of cards.

16. Example?
    -->   You have caught in order 3-8-J-6.  If your opponent only has a 10 low, he might try to make you throw your 8 low away.

17. An even better example?
    -->   Your opponent has caught 3-5-2-K in that order and you have caught 6-4-Q-J.  If he happens to have two pair and a king low he almost certainly will bluff.

18. When else can you make a bluff catching call?
    -->   If your opponent appears to have an automatic check, but bets anyway.

19. For example?
    -->   A player has a 9-8-7-3 showing and you have a 5-10-2-J.  If he bets that 9-8 into an obvious good poker draw you have to get suspicious.  This is because with a nine or an eight a check seems to be indicated.

20. What is a situation where you beat some of the bettor’s legitimate hands?
    -->   They normally arise when it is extremely close and you have to worry about your third or fourth highest card.


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