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Today we look at an example of dispensing with the encouraging, but malopredskazuemy "leaky" straight draw, analyze the situation in detail and possible game actions.


Example 2: "Leaky" straight draw advantageous position

The TitanPoker, Holdem at stakes 5/10, six players

Preflop: our player is in position under the gun (to the left of the big blind) with pocket K ♥ -J ♥.

Our player raises, the third player folds, the player in the small blind announces 3-bet, the 1st player folds, our player calls.

Flop: (7 SB) T ♠ -A ♣ 3♠ (2 players)

The player in the small blind bet announces, our player ...


We did a very extensive introduction to the analysis of the previous distribution, and we hope to take advantage of today. Now we will not explain in detail what is the estimated share of the bank, and so on, but simply point out that we are not the best hand. However, there are a few things that make the situation in the hand is much more favorable to us than in the past:

We are in a better position

Our draw is not obvious.

Under certain circumstances, we may have expected a huge expectation.

The third point is partially derived from the second, but not only. That ace could be useful to the enemy (he had not turned out to be useful to us directly), so if he plays a hand like AK, A-Q or A-A, then we will have a fairly active distribution. So, all that we really have is the "holey" straight draw. In some cases, your opponent will be 9-9, J-J, or Q-Q, which gives us a three or six additional outs for overcards, but these are very few outs.

Our expectation when called is 8: 1, and the expectation on the compilation Street - about 10.5: 1. I hope you understand the importance of the expectation alleged in a similar situation - we can get not only the beta, which are currently in the pot, but often much larger bets, which can make the opponent. Of course, the fold at this stage would be a mistake.

But do we need to declare a raise?


Example 2: Raise

As I said above, we do not have the best hand in hand. A raise in this situation is not a "match value hand" as our estimated share of the bank in the hand is at best 20%. A raise would cost us a lot of money - if we can then recover the costs?

The first and most important fact - we are in a better position. This is important when we decide to announce a raise, and due to this factor will raise a bit 'cheaper' than would be from a different position. If our opponent is really strong hand (T-T, AA, AK), then such a flop, he will often use slow-playing, and on the turn, we will announce the check-raise. But we are in a better position; if we want to, we can see the turn card for free, when our draw will not be (and, in fact, if we announce a raise, who made the call, then we should see the turn card for free). It is quite expensive, and therefore slightly reduces the relative price raise.

Unpleasant item free opportunity to see the turn card is the fact that such a move destroys our expectation due to the fold. In some cases, our opponent made the call a raise on the flop and fold on the turn when he will be less powerful card - like 9-9 or J-J, but this will not happen if we then declare a check. I continue to think that the use of the opportunity to see a free card would be better than making a second bet (which gives the opponent a chance to declare us a check-raise), but this factor should not be overlooked. Sometimes, though rarely, we will be playing against an opponent who just throw their middle pocket pair, when we will announce a raise on the flop with an ace. We do, after all, made a pre-flop raise. If you are on the spot the enemy, and you announce a raise with such a flop, will not you think that your opponent may well be the ace?

In conclusion, we say that the raise will be profitable only in the case if such a flop we will just play and strong hands such as A-Q and T-T. If the flop is usually on we announce the call soft with big hands, I think the player will soon realize that we are announcing a raise only with a medium-strength hands, and quickly adapt. So, while a raise on the flop like can be a good move, it will be adequate only if we always announce a raise with very strong hands.


Example 2: Call

This is a passive move. As we have already pointed out, we have estimated the expectation that justifies the call. If we miss the opportunity to call and see the turn card for free, existing at a raise - the course, which can in any case be unsuccessful if our opponent decides to declare a 3-bet and open bids on the turn - but sometimes we already see a free card. Sometimes our enemy surrender (and made the call) with a hand like K-K, when we will announce the call on the flop, if it is sure that we won because of his hand some of the aces. When he announced a check on the turn, we, too, respond by check.

If we made the call at this flop, then we must be prepared to fold if the turn comes the lady. On the flop, our expectation is 8: 1, and in turn it will not exceed 5.5: 1. This is not enough for us, and so we have to get out of hand.


Example 2: Conclusion

As in the previous hand, we recommend that you call as a standard course, but on the other hand, we recommend with confidence is sometimes used as a raise in turn, makes our game more varied.

If you are playing against an opponent who is very easy to announce a 3-bet before the flop, then you might consider raising alternatively just turn to the opponent is not "pushing" you too much. There are players who are very aggressive pre-flop with hands that are (to some extent) are semibluff - like 9-8 suited, and they often fold if you answer them active move on the flop, where there is an ace. And remember that if he has any hand that has more than five outs against you (generally speaking, is any hand that has no king or jack), you'll be happy when it will announce the fold. Technically its expectation enough to call, but does not understand it, and resetting the card, makes a mistake. You it is very profitable. But then again, this is only effective if your opponent is very aggressive act pre-flop with hands that are obviously weaker than yours. If you think that his hand is too strong so that he could throw it, it will not raise the best way, since it is only possible to see the card free of charge, we will not be enough. It is necessary to offset part of the cost of raising and sometimes getting a share of the bank due to the fold.

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