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Tip 36 Hands-up pot

Although you must not automatically give up hands like second pair in two-way pots, you may be able to bail out on Poker Turn in some cases.  If your opponent has bet the flop, and now bets again on Poker Turn, this tends to indicate that he has a pretty good hand.  Thus , is generally correct to fold second pair at this point, particularly if the other player is tight.  When playing against a maniac or very loose player, however, you just have to call him down and hope for the best.
  Another situation in which you can probably save money by folding most of the time is when you have bet the flop with top pair or an overpair, only to see a :scary” card come on Poker Turn and your opponent fires in a bet.  Here are two examples:

Example 1

The board is 3-5-T and you bet the flop with your Q-T.  A king comes on Poker Turn, it makes three to a flush, and your opponent bets out.  Although he might be semi bluffing, it is very likely you are beat and drawing either slim or dead.  So, fold and go on to the next hand, rather than spend two big bets trying to keep him honest.

Example 2

The board is 2-7-J and you bet the flop with your K-K.  An ace comes on Poker Turn and your opponent bets out.  If he has an ace, you are down to two outs.  And it is likely that he does, as that is the card most commonly played in hold’em.  Also, your opponent isn’t any more likely than you are to like that card if it didn’t help him (thus less apt to be betting without an ace).  It hurts to throw away kings, but you are nearly always correct in doing so in this case.  Only against players who play with a good deal of deception and creativity  is calling the best option.

Tip 37 Bet with less

Although touched upon in the previous tip, this is an important and common enough situation to merit additional comments.  Here are three considerations to help guide your decision:

How Does Your Opponent Play?

You can call with a much weaker hand against an overly aggressive player.  This type of player bluffs frequently, and it is often a mistake to fold any pair against him.  he will just have to show you the best hand.  Against a player who is ordinarily very tight or passive, however, it’s a pretty safe bet that you are beaten, so you can confidently fold.  In fact, you may even consider folding top pair with a marginal kicker against someone who is exceptionally tight.

What Is the Texture of the Board?

On a board such as 2-2-7-Q, it is highly unlikely that your opponent will bet both the flop and turn without at least a pair.  There aren’t any draws present, and your call on the flop alerted him that you have some kind of hand.  However, if the board shows 4-5-9-T (and two of the cards are the same suit), it is quite possible that a hand like A-9 is good at this point.  Your opponent might have a T or a 9 with a worse kicker, or be semi bluffing with a straight or flush draw.  You should be more inclined to call your opponent down with second pair when several logical draws are present on the board.

What Is the Pot Size?

 Don’t make the mistake of folding too quickly when the pot is large.  A bad call costs you one or two bets, but a bad fold costs you all the bets in the pot, so it is far better to the side of calling if you are unsure about your hand.  That said, the pot pay have reached its present size because your opponent has been pushing a good hand, so you needn’t always pay off with a marginal second pair type of hand simply because the pot has grown large.

Mistakes in Judgment

Don’t be discouraged if you make some mistakes in judgment in these types of situations.  It takes a great deal of experience to make consistently correct decisions, and even the best hold’em players make occasional mistakes.  If you remember to consider your opponent, the board, and the size of the pot, you will have a good framework for making the right choice, tough.  On those times when you are still torn between calling and folding, however, remember that calling with a loser is a small mistake, but folding a winter is a big one.