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Monday, April 27, 2015

Post Flop Play

How do I know when to check, call, bet or raise after the flop. Wow, that’s the Holy Grail in poker! People write whole books on this. But here are a couple tips.

You don’t have anything. You’re setting up a check raise. You have a hand, but you know someone will bet and you don’t want to be raised. You have a small hand, so you want to keep the pot small. You’re on a draw and you know if you hit you will get paid off.

You have the best hand, but if you raise it might chase other players out after you. You don’t currently have the best hand, but it can improve (usually a draw). Keep in mind calling is the least desirable of the four options.

You know you have the best hand. You’re in position against 1 or 2 players and you feel they will fold. You’re on a draw and you know if you hit, players will drop. You want to find out where you’re at in the hand (you’re paying for information). You’re early in the hand and you think a late player will raise, trapping all the players in between for another bet. You want to freeze the other players on the next betting round.

Many players have already call a bet (don’t do this if you think the original bet’er will rerasie. Facing 2 bets players will drop). It’s the last betting round and players can’t fold. You want to eliminate players and go heads up with a bad player.  You want to freeze the other players on the next betting round. 

Basically depending on what you want the other players to do, justifies the option you choose.

Here’s an example of hand I played that worked perfectly. I limp in under the gun  with 99. Seat 4, 6 and 8 do the same. The SB folds. The BB calls.

8 7 2 rainbow

The BB bets. Currently, I have to think I have the best hand. Most players would just call in this situation. But if I do that, I allow all players with over cards to see the turn for 1 bet. So I raise. Seat 4, 6 and 8 fold and the BB calls. 



I bet and the BB folds. If I would have just called the bet, surely someone had a K.

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