Once you realize how to play effeciently preflop there are two main goals for the rest of the hand: 1) Extract the most profit by good betting and raising, and 2) Paying for draws cheaply and not losing more than necessary. Now these two goals may seem to contradict each other a little bit, but it is a steady balance of these two principles that will make you a winning player. I have a habit of looking over the hand history after an opponent mucks a hand and one of the most prevelant mistakes they are making in lower limit holdem is passively calling down with low or mid pair, only hoping to catch two pair or trip up.
If you can avoid calling any bets when you have no significant draws (Like having two overcards to the flop) you will save yourself many big bets down the road. Keep telling yourself not to become an average low limit player, try to play above them. If they will call you down with low or mid pair, don’t do the same favor for them! And likewise, if you know they will call down any piece of the flop do not, I repeat, do not try to bluff! More on this later…
Lets take a hand that I make a decent profit with in $1/$2 limit: K&spadesQ♥ We will assume for simplicity sake that I have limped from middle position with this hand and the cutoff and button also limped, the small blind folded, and the big blind checked. That gives us a 4-handed flop. Now some situations:
Flop: J&spades7♥4♣ and you check, the button bets. What should you do? Fold. There is no reason to stay in this hand. You have invest 1 small bet pre-flop, assuming someone has a pair (and you aren’t sharing cards), you have a 25% chance to pair up. Even if you do some math and see you’re getting some pot odds to call, don’t bother. visitez le site
Flop: J&spadesQ&spades7♥ and the big blind bets? Call. You can be fairly sure that you have the best hand here so let more dead money come in behind you from the cutoff and the button. On the turn you will bet/raise the original bettor regardless of the next card. Being forced to call 2 cold big bets should force the limpers behind you fold, leaving $2 in dead money on the table. This is a very standard move. For the most part raising should be done on the turn, not the flop. The turn has the bigger bet, a better chance to thin the field for the river, and get someone else calling 2 more big bets drawing slim.
Flop: A&spadesQ♣10♥ and the cutoff bets? Fold. Once again, do not make the mistake of calling down, especially on a flop like this when you could be near dead. Let them make those mistakes!
Flop: 9&spades10&spades5&spades and the big blind bets out? Call. No reason to try a semi-bluff raise here. You aren’t in good position, and you dont’ want to knock out the two other limpers! You can probably count any spade, any King, Queen, or Jack as outs as well. You might even be statiscally ahead in this hand, so get that dead money in the pot! How you play it past the flop depends when and if you hit your outs. I would not raise on the turn if I hit it because I wouldn’t want to knock out the two players behind me, but if they had already folded I would give it a raise.
Ok, I think I’ve covered enough for one post. Just remember that losing players simply call down with any piece. To combat that, make sure you only bet with top pair or a large piece, and let go of any flop you didn’t hit and you’ll come out on top.