The topic today is "What to do when all cards have the same suit, and you DON'T have a flush draw


********** Hand 1 **********

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
10 players
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Stack sizes:
BB ($25)
UTG+1 ($25)
UTG+2 ($25)
MP1 ($25)
MP2 ($25)
CO ($25)
BU ($25)
MP3 ($25)
SB ($25)
Hero ($5)

Pre-flop: (10 players) Hero is UTG with J:club: J:spade:
[color:#cc0000]Hero raises to $1[/color], 3 folds, MP2 calls, 3 folds, SB calls, 1 folds

Flop: 6:heart: 2:heart: T:heart: ($3.35, 3 players)
SB bets 2.5$,[color:#cc0000]Hero ??[/color]


What should you do?

a) fold
b) call
c) raise ALL IN


********** Hand 2 **********

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
10 players
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Stack sizes:
BB ($25)
UTG+1 ($25)
UTG+2 ($25)
MP1 ($25)
MP2 ($25)
CO ($25)
BU ($25)
MP3 ($25)
SB ($25)
Hero ($5)

Pre-flop: (10 players) Hero is UTG with A:club: K:diamond:
[color:#cc0000]Hero raises to $1[/color], 4 folds, MP3 calls, 2 folds, Button calls, 1 folds

Flop: 2:heart: 4:heart: K:heart: ($3.35, 3 players)
[color:#cc0000]Hero ??[/color]


What should you do?

a) check
b) bet 2.4$
c) bet ALL IN


********** Hand 3 **********

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
10 players
Converter

Stack sizes:
BB ($25)
UTG+1 ($25)
UTG+2 ($25)
MP1 ($25)
MP2 ($25)
CO ($25)
BU ($25)
MP3 ($25)
SB ($25)
Hero ($5)

Pre-flop: (10 players) 1 folds Hero is UTG +2 with Q:club: Q:spade:
[color:#cc0000]Hero raises to $1[/color], 2 folds, MP2 calls, 2 folds, Button calls, 2 folds

Flop: 8:heart: T:heart: A:heart: ($3.35, 3 players)
[color:#cc0000]Hero ??[/color]


What should you do?

a) check/fold
b) bet 2.4$
c) bet ALL IN


********** Hand 4 **********

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
10 players
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Stack sizes:
BB ($25)
UTG ($25)
UTG+1 ($25)
UTG+2 ($25)
MP1 ($25)
MP2 ($25)
CO ($25)
MP3 ($25)
SB ($25)
Hero ($5)

Pre-flop: (10 players) Hero is Button with 2:club: 2:spade:
1 folds, UTG+2 calls, MP1 calls, MP2 calls, 1 folds, [color:#cc0000]Hero calls[/color], 1 folds, BB checks

Flop: 7:heart: 2:heart: K:heart: ($1.35, 5 players)
BB bets 0.75$,[color:#cc0000]Hero ??[/color]


What should you do?

a) fold
b) call
c) raise 3$


********** Hand 5 **********

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
10 players
Converter

Stack sizes:
BB ($25)
UTG ($25)
UTG+1 ($25)
UTG+2 ($25)
MP1 ($25)
MP2 ($25)
BU ($25)
MP3 ($25)
SB ($25)
Hero ($5)

Pre-flop: (10 players) Hero is CO with K:club: K:diamond:
2 folds, MP1 calls, 1 folds, [color:#cc0000]Hero raises to 1.25$[/color], 2 folds, BB calls, MP1 calls

Flop: 3:heart: 6:heart: J:heart: ($3.75, 3 players)
BB bets 2.5$, MP1 raises to 10$[color:#cc0000]Hero ??[/color]


What should you do?

a) fold
b) call ALL IN


********** Hand 6 **********

Party Poker
No Limit Holdem Ring game
Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
10 players
Converter

Stack sizes:
BB ($25)
UTG ($25)
UTG+1 ($25)
UTG+2 ($25)
MP1 ($25)
MP2 ($25)
BU ($25)
MP3 ($25)
SB ($25)
Hero ($5)

Pre-flop: (10 players) Hero is CO with J:club: J:diamond:
2 folds, MP1 calls, MP2 calls, 1 folds, [color:#cc0000]Hero raises to 1.5$[/color], 2 folds, BB calls, MP1 calls, MP2 calls

Flop: 7:heart: 8:heart: 9:heart: ($4.5, 4 players)
BB bets 2$, MP1 raises to 10$, MP2 folds, [color:#cc0000]Hero ??[/color]

What should you do?

a) fold
b) call



Solution

********** Hand 1 **********

Solution: c

You have an overpair. This means that you hold the best pair in this hand with a high probability. When playing the short stack strategy you should keep in mind this basic rule:
Never fold an overpair
Of course, there are exceptions.
Back to the hand: consider what your opposition could hold in these sorts of hands:
1) He has nothing and is bluffing because he things you don't have the flush have otherwise missed the flop because of low cards.
2) He has a set of 2's, 6's, or 10's. He would bet these in most cases to drive out flush draws or at least to prevent freecards.
3) He's hit a small pair or has a hand like 99. With such hands it is very probable that he would bet since he will think that you have nothing on this board and he wants to drive you out of the hand.
4)He has a finished flush. In this case it would be unlikely for him to bet right away since you have a small stack and he surely wants to secure all of it.
5) He has a flush draw. If MP2 does not call, which is likely, you won't be giving him good odds.

In summary, you can say that you basically have the only strong hand with a set and can anticipate what the opposition has after your pre-flop raise.


********** Hand 2 **********

Solution: c

Let's run through the solutions:
a) A check would be senseless since you have TPTK, which is a good hand with the SSS. If you check you'll get either a bet from the opposition since he must assume that you have nothing or even worse, you'll give an opponent with a flush draw a freecard on the turn.
b) After ruling out option a), we can only bet. $2.40 would be roughly 2/3 pot size and a good size for a bet. The SSS player has to look at his stack size here, however. After the bet you'll only have $1.60 left, with which you will be pot committed after any raise from the opposition, meaning that you'll already have invested so much of your stack in the hand that you will have no other option but to call. And with a bet on the turn you would have almost no fold equity left because of the ratio between your stack and the pot. This means you won't be able to push your opponent to a fold.
c) This, therefore, is the only remaining and the correct solution. You want to protect to the utmost here. If your opponent calls with a flush draw, he will take losses in the long term.


********** Hand 3 **********
Solution: a

This is a simple hand. You are playing against 2 opponents with an A as an overcard. This fact alone justifies a c/f. The reason is that in an unraised pot the probability that at least one opponent has an A is very large. Since the board is suited, a bet would be a fatal mistake here.


********** Hand 4 **********

Solution: c

This one is a little tougher. Let's go through the options one by one:
a) A Fold would clearly be too passive here. You cannot assume that your opponent has the flush. That he bet as the first player against 4 opponents speaks for a strong hand on his part. This doesn't mean that he has a flush, only taht he has a good hand that could just as well be TP or an overpair. Furthermore, even if he has a flush you still have relatively many outs to a full house and therefore a better hand.
b) We know we must play this hand. But is a call the correct choice? NO! You have to defend your hand againt 4 other players so a raise is better.
Why? Let's assume the extreme situation: one opponent has 2pair K and 7. The other has a flush.
Normally you would have 7 outs to a full house or four of a kind (might be less if the flush opponent has one of them) on the turn. In our case, however, you have only 1, namely, the 2. For the river you get another 3 or 4 outs anyway (depending on whether the flush opponent has these new cards in his hand) if you don't hit the full house.
So you want to drive out one opponent for which c) is the better option.
c) A raise will bring almost all opponents except the original raiser to folding, putting you heads up against what is likely a worse hand.


********** Hand 5 **********
Solution: a

Another easy hand that will be explained in brief. After a reraise on the flop you must assume that at least one of the two has a flush, a set, or possible just 2 pair.
Still, you're behind against all these and must fold.


********** Hand 6 **********

Solution: a

This is also not difficult and easy to explain. As in question 5, you must assume that at least one opponent has a better hand than you. There are too few hands against which you can still win and too many that will beat you. The possible straight makes it even more clear that you are beaten.

Both of these hands refute the rule above, but they are some of the few that do so.