Pot Limit & No limit poker : Play poker

  A raising-quality hand is often good enough to bet the flp without improving at hold’em. Here, there is A marked difference between hold’em and ohmaha. The raiser often bets the flop even though the hand is Actually not that strong by judging the preflop betting action that the rival poker player may be weak.

  The raiser bets to portray A-K (which he might well have) if an ace or king comes. He bets to portray an overpair (which he might also have) if the board comes with small, unrelated cards. Anyhow, the preflop aggressor normally will bet after the flop well over half the time. To take advantage of this, you want to have the best possible position.

  It is natural that you want the raiser betting through the field of poker players into you in multihanded pots. Hence, the best placement is to be on the button (or have last action) when someone has raised under the gun or in the bldin position which is obvious.

  What is not obvious is that if someone raises in late position or on the button and others call, you want to be on the raiser’s right. Thus, you will have the commanding position  if everyone checks to him, and his bet puts the others in the middle.

  There is Additional leverage against the raiser of the other poker pleyars who checked, and raiser will seldom get involved without solid values if the others check the flop and you decide to bet a marginal hand or a bluff. Your position is Actually shaky if you are on the button and the raiser is on your immediate right.

  If the raiser bets the flop, the bet puts you in the middle. Someone checking a strong hand expecting the raiser to bet might bag you as well. Sometimes the raiser checks the flop, but this is not as helpful with the raiser on your right as Anybody could have checked a bushwhacker expecting the raiser to bet.

  Note the big difference from when the raiser ah's early positon and is first to act and checks, and the others Also check. This situation is so favorable for a steal that it is tempting to fire with any holding in a three way or four way pot. The raiser nearly always has missed the flop and decided not to bluff.

  The other poker players knowing this still so not bet which means they are unlikely to have even a modest hand. If someone is slowplaying a monster, or there is A “policeman” or “calling station” in the game then only you will get called or raised.

  This is the right time to understand how to play against a habitual caller. They are of two types. The first type is liable to call off his entire stack when you continue to fire at him. Waiting for a good hand and then milking him is the right way to play against him.

  The second type constitutes the poker players who assume that you are weak unless you fire a second barrel at him. Just to see if you have anything, or to hit some longshot draw, he will call you on the flop (or on the fourth street if the flop was checked and you now bet.) To brush this sort of sand flea off you, it is important to fire that second barrel.

  I lived in Dallas, where no-limit hold’em was my bread and butter. Here, one of my friends Asked me to tell him the strongest aspect of my game. I replied “knowing when to fire the second barrel.”

  The best recommendation that i can give to aspiring big-bet hold’em player is to know the rival poker player’s betting habits, and how they handle the many different situations where someone bets into them, they call, and the rival poker player bets Again. Distinguishing between a perpetual caller and a look-up artist are the characteristics of a winner.

  I am reluctant to fire a second barrel in a certain situation where i raise the pot, an ace (or king) comes And I bet, this means it is A-K. When someone calls me, assuming that there is flush-draw on board, either he does not believe i have A-K, or he can beat it.

  Thus, either way another bet by me is a huge favorite to get called. I feel a poker player dumb enough to call a preflop raise with a weak-kicker ace and then call again when the raiser bets the flop is likely to continue calling. If you are bluffing and someone is still fighting, it is better to cut your losses And abandon the ship when you diagram A-K by raising preflop and betting the flop.

  When there is A flush-draw on the board, and you bet on the flop and get called, you have (against most poker players) undertaken a commitment. It is necessary to fire again if the fulsh is not completed on fourth poker street. If you have a good hand, try to protect it by all means, if you are blufing, follow through; if you have a marginal hand, fire and hope for the best.

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