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How to Play After the Flop

Introduction

In this article you will learn:
  • Getting value from your strong hands
  • Protecting your hand against draws
  • Reasons for not betting

Time to get to the heart of the Big Stack Strategy: playing after the flop. No-Limit Hold'em is a dynamic, situational game. A number of factors influence your actions. What happened before the flop? What kind of board are you looking at? Who are your opponents?

After reading this article you will be able to answer the following questions: What is my goal? And how can I achieve this goal?

The follow-up articles, which you will be able to access after you receive the free poker money from PokerStrategy.com, will go into further detail on how to play texas hold'em and introduce you to the mathematics of poker. You will see how the strength of your hand, and the way you play it, can vary - sometimes radically - depending on the situation you are in.

But first, the basics: What can you hit on the flop?

Free poker money tip: Use our starting hands chart to get familiar with the game. Click here to download the chart!

What are made hands?

MONSTERS

  • Two-pair
  • 3-of-a-kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Full house
  • 4-of-a-kind
  • Straight flush
  • Royal flush

 

Made hands are hands that could already be the best hand, like a pair or three-of-a-kind. These hands don't necessarily need to improve and sometimes they can only barely be improved, if at all.

You should already be familiar with most of the made hands after reading the article on the Rules of Texas Hold'em:


Go to the article: The Rules of Texas Hold'em

The hands like two pair, three-of-a-kind, straights, flushes and even better hands are also called monsters, because they are generally very strong hands. When you have a monster, you will usually be well ahead, and can win a lot of money when you play it right.

You can also have pairs and weaker hands, but only two types of these hands are good, namely top pairs and overpairs, which we will explain below.

TOP-PAIR
When you have a pair made up of one of your starting hand cards and the highest community card, you have a top-pair.

 

OVERPAIR
If you have a pocket pair that is higher than all community cards, you have an overpair. No opponent can have a top-pair better than your overpair.
 

NOTE: TWO-PAIR ISN'T ALWAYS TWO-PAIR
Your two-pair is only a monster when you pair the board with both of your starting hand cards.

In other words: If there is a pair on the board and you pair one of your starting hand cards, your two-pair isn't really a monster, since the pair on the board could give your opponent three-of-a-kind or even a full house.

Strong two-pair
 


Weak two-pair
 

What are draws?

Draws are hands that aren't complete yet, but could turn into a made (completed) hand if a helpful card shows up on the board.

There are strong draws and weak draws, depending on how many cards could help your hand. If you have the chance of making a flush, there are 9 cards that can help you. If you have a pocket pair, there are only 2 cards in the deck that can improve your hand to three-of-a-kind.

You will learn which cards can help you and how to easily determine whether or not it is profitable to play your draw after gaining access to the Bronze articles on the mathematics of poker. To gain access to these advanced articles, you simply need to pass the PokerStrategy.com poker quiz, and receive your free starting capital.

OESD
If your starting hand cards and the community cards give you four cards in sequential order, you have an OESD. OESD stands for open-ended straight draw.

This means you don't have a straight yet. You are missing the fifth card on either end of the sequence, hence the name open-ended. There are 8 cards that could complete your straight in the example below, namely any one of the 4 aces or the 4 nines remaining in the deck.

 

FLUSH DRAW
When you have four cards of the same suit you have a flush draw. One more card of that suit would give you a flush.

 

MONSTER DRAW
The monster draw is a combination of a flush draw and an OESD. This hand gives you the chance to make either a flush or a straight.

 

DOUBLE GUTSHOT
The next type of straight draw after the OESD is not always easy to recognise. It is called the double gutshot, which is based on a gutshot.

A gutshot is a straight in which there is a middle card missing. An example would be Ten, Jack, Queen, and Ace, where the king is missing. A double gutshot draw is a combination of two gutshot draws. Your starting hand and the cards on the board give you two different chances to complete a gutshot.

In the example below you have a gutshot draw with the ace, queen, jack and ten, and another gutshot draw with the queen, jack, ten and eight. As you can see, there are 8 cards that can help you (just like with an OESD), namely, any king or nine. A double gutshot draw is, in fact, just as strong as an OESD.

In the advanced articles, which you will gain access to once you've passed the PokerStrategy.com poker quiz, you'll learn about implied odds and why a double gutshot is actually more profitable than an OESD. The main reason is that it's much harder for your opponent to spot this draw.

 

OVERCARDS
If you don't hit any of the draws mentioned, and don't have a made hand either, but your two starting hand cards are both higher than all the cards on the board, then you have overcards. This isn't a particularly strong draw, but should you hit a pair on a later street you can be sure it'll be a top-pair.

 

Why bet

In No-Limit Hold’em the aggressive, thinking player who carefully selects the spots to show aggression, wins. Every bet and every raise should have a purpose.

Maximising value

The primary purpose of betting is obvious: You have a strong hand and want to get money in the pot. You want opponents with weaker hands to call and stay in the hand. When this is the case, you are betting for value.

But be careful! It's not only a question of whether you think your hand is better than your opponent's, you also need to consider with which hands he will fold, and with which hands he will call, if you were to bet.

You can only bet for value when you know that your opponents will actually call your bet (thus putting money in the pot) with a weaker hand often enough.

Bluffing

The second possible purpose of betting: the bluff. You want to force opponents with better hands to fold so you can win the pot.

Always follow the following five rules when considering a bluff:
  • Don't inflate the pot with bluff bets.
  • Be more inclined to bluff when your hand can still improve.
  • Only bluff against players that you know would actually fold their hand.
  • Don't bluff against several opponents at once.
  • Only bluff when you can credibly represent a strong hand and it is likely that your opponents don’t have much.

EXAMPLE 1 - A GOOD SPOT TO BLUFF
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are on the Button
  • UTG1, UTG2, UTG3, MP1, MP2, MP3 and Cutoff fold
  • You raise to $1
  • SB calls $0.90
  • BB calls $0.75

Flop - Active Players (3): You, SB, BB - Pot: $3.00
  • SB and BB check
  • You bet $2
  • SB and BB fold

Above is a classic example of a so-called continuation bet and a good opportunity for a bluff. Few cards, with which your opponents called before the flop, will have hit something playable on this flop. You on the other hand raised pre-flop and could credibly be holding an Ace for a top-pair. If none of your opponents is actually holding one of the 3 remaining Aces, they will not be in a favourable spot to continue with their hands.

EXAMPLE 2 - A POOR SPOT TO BLUFF
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are on the Button
  • UTG1, UTG2, UTG3, MP1, MP2, MP3 and Cutoff fold
  • You raise to $1
  • SB calls $0.90
  • BB calls $0.75

Flop - Active Players (3): You, SB, BB - Pot: $3.00
  • SB and BB check
  • You check

This flop is very draw-heavy. The flop cards connect with a number of cards, with which your opponents might have called before the flop. It's also hard to pretend that you have a very strong hand on this particular board. If you are playing against very tight opponents, you could bet once, but on a draw-heavy flop like this you'll find it quite hard to get your opponents to fold.

Continuation bets

Whenever you raise before the flop and get called, you are the so-called aggressor in the following betting rounds. By raising pre-flop, you represented a strong hand, and can now more credibly make your opponents believe that you also have a strong hand on the flop. This means you now have the option of continuing your pre-flop aggression and making a so-called continuation bet.

The great thing about continuation bet bluffs is that you would play your strong hands the same way. Your opponents are left guessing and will often just take the safe route and fold. You can therefore attack a lot of pots with continuation bets when you are the aggressor – just don't try attacking them all.

EXAMPLES OF GOOD FLOPS FOR CONTINUATION BETS
A high card
  • You bet

An ace and a face card
  • You bet

A pair
  • You bet

As you can see, a flop that doesn't help a lot of hands is a good flop for a continuation bet. These flops don't offer many draws and there aren't many strong made hands. On a good flop you can represent a strong hand, and your opponent will rarely be able to call, even when he is certain you are bluffing.

EXAMPLES OF BAD FLOPS FOR CONTINUATION BETS
Very draw-heavy
  • You check

Very draw-heavy
  • You check

Very draw-heavy
  • You check

All three examples are labelled: very draw-heavy. When this is the case, you should only consider placing a continuation bet on the flop when you are facing one single opponent.

EXAMPLE 3 - NO CONTINUATION BET
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are in MP2
  • UTG1, UTG2, UTG3 and MP1 fold
  • You raise to $1
  • MP3 and Cutoff fold
  • Button calls $1
  • SB folds
  • BB calls $0.75

Flop - Active Players (3): You, BB, Button - Pot: $3.10
  • BB checks
  • You check

The best thing you can do on this flop is give up your hand. There is no sense in making a bluff continuation bet, unless your opponents are both extremely tight. A lot of hands will have hit this flop and you can’t credibly represent a strong hand. The probability of both opponents folding against your bluff sinks dramatically on this type of flop.

Protection

Not every made hand is a monster. You will often see yourself ahead with your hand, but at the same time know that your hand is vulnerable and that your opponents are just waiting for the right card to show up on the board to beat you.

Your opponents can only beat you if they hit on the turn or the river. The greater the likelihood of them hitting good community cards, the more strongly you should protect your hand.

Protection means making the next community card expensive to look at. If your opponent has a hand that can still improve to beat yours, he is going to have to pay a high price to see the next card.

When put to practice this means: When you have a made hand and the board is offering a number of draws, protect your hand by making the next community card expensive.

The concept of protection touches on the fundamental mathematics of Texas Hold'em, which you will learn about in the articles after you've passed the PokerStrategy.com poker quiz and received your free starting capital. These advanced articles will teach you everything you need to know to master No-Limit Texas Hold’em.

EXAMPLE 4 - PROTECTION
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are on the Button
  • UTG1, UTG2, UTG3, MP1, MP2, MP3 and Cutoff fold
  • You raise to $1
  • SB calls $0.90
  • BB calls $0.75

Flop - Active Players (3): You, SB, BB - Pot: $3.00
  • SB and BB check
  • You bet $2.50

The same flop we saw as an example of a poor flop for bluffing is also a flop on which you absolutely must protect your made hands. Your opponents could have a flush draw, an OESD, a pair, or a gutshot. You have to make it expensive for them to see the next community card. 

Why not to bet

There are a lot of good reasons not to bet or raise, for example, when you have absolutely nothing at all. Three other good reasons not to bet are: pot control, bluff induce, and slowplay.

Pot control

Once you see the flop you should more or less know what kind of pot you want to play for. If you have a monster, you want to play for a big pot and go all-in if possible. If you have a weak hand, you don't want to see any big bets and would prefer to play for a small pot.

The saying goes: Big pots are for big hands, small pots are for small hands. When you don't have a really strong hand (top-pair is seldom a very strong hand), you don't want the pot size to get out of control.

This is what we refer to as pot control.

EXAMPLE 5 - POT CONTROL
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are in Cutoff
  • UTG1, UTG2, UTG3, MP1, MP2 and MP3 fold
  • You raise to $1
  • Button calls $1
  • SB folds
  • BB calls $0.75

Flop - Active Players (3): You, BB, Button - Pot: $3.10
  • BB checks
  • You bet $2.50
  • Button folds
  • BB calls $2.50

Turn - Active Players (2): You, BB - Pot: $8.10
  • BB checks
  • You check

You can play for pot control when the board isn't offering any noteworthy draws and you are in position. In this example the community cards do not allow for any strong draws. You don't need to protect your hand on the turn.

If you check, this is what happens:
  • If your opponent does have a better hand, you lose less. You keep the pot small.
  • If your opponent has a weaker hand, perhaps a weaker pair of aces, a pair of eights or some other pair, he will often fold if you bet. When you check, you signal weakness, which might animate him to bet on the river, either as a bluff or because he thinks he has the best hand. Even if he doesn't bet, it is more likely that he will call a river bet that you make.

Slowplay

Whenever you play your hand as though it were much weaker than it actually is, you are slowplaying. Instead of playing as if you had a strong hand, you feign weakness and play the hand “slowly” and wait for later streets to bet or raise.

By under-representing your hand you can animate your opponent to overplay a weak hand or give your opponent the chance to pick up a playable hand.

Let's say you hit a full house on the flop. There aren't many hands your opponent could have that he would continue to play if you show aggression. By not betting, you give him the chance to either pick up something playable on the turn, or go right ahead and do something stupid on the flop itself.

Don't slowplay against too many opponents and don't slowplay on draw-heavy boards. Don't slowplay against passive opponents, either. You should only slowplay when you are certain that your opponent will take the bait and overplay his hand.

For most normal scenarios slowplay is the worst route to take. The reason is that there is a simple rule of thumb on the lower limits that you should never forget: your opponents are more likely to call a bet than to bet themselves. The reason for this was already mentioned: The average player in the lower limits is too loose and too passive.

EXAMPLE 6 - SLOWPLAY
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are on the Button
  • UTG1 raises to $1
  • UTG2, UTG3, MP1, MP2, MP3 and Cutoff fold
  • You call $1
  • SB folds
  • BB calls $0.75

Flop - Active Players (3): You, BB, UTG1 - Pot: $3.10
  • BB checks
  • UTG1 bets $2.50
  • You call $2.50

This is a good example of a situation where you can slowplay. The flop is not draw-heavy. It looks relatively harmless and contains an ace. You don't need to protect your hand and can simply just call the opponent's flop bet, as long as you're of the opinion, that this will make you more money in the long run rather than a direct raise.

EXAMPLE 7 - NEVER SLOWPLAY A FLUSH
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are on the Button
  • UTG1 raises to $1
  • UTG2, UTG3, MP1 and MP2 fold
  • MP3, Cutoff and you call $1
  • SB and BB fold

Flop - Active Players (4): You, UTG1, MP3, Cutoff - Pot: $4.35
  • UTG1 bets $2.50
  • MP3 and CO fold
  • You raise to $9

In this example you hit a strong hand, the flush, but every higher spade has a draw for a better flush. When you hit a smallflush on the flop, just go for it and try to get all your money in the pot as quickly as possible.This also ensures that worse hands like two-pair or sets don’t get scared into folding when an additional spade shows up. 

Putting it together…

When making your post-flop decisions you should try to find a balance between ...
  • ... your natural desire to get the most value from your strong hands when you're ahead.
  • ... the desire to control the pot and keep the price low when you hold a weak hand.
  • ... the necessity of protecting your vulnerable hands by making the next community cards expensive to look at.
  Value  
   
Protection   Pot control

The weaker your hand, the more you should focus on pot control. The stronger your hand, the more you should focus on maximizing value. The more vulnerable your hand, the more you should focus on protection.

How should you play made hands?

Playing with made hands is relatively simple. If you have the best hand, you bet or raise. The weaker your hand, the more you need to pay attention to controlling the size of the pot. Try to keep the pot small with weak hands, and if your opponents offer too much resistance or make too much action, fold.

The more opponents you are facing, the stronger your hand needs to be. If there was no raise before the flop or if you called a pre-flop raise, you should have a really good hand before you get involved in any large post-flop pots.

Only slowplay with very strong hands. The more draw-heavy the board, and the more vulnerable your hand, the more important it is to focus on protection. Don’t let your opponents see the next community cards too cheaply.

Always try to find a balance between pot control and protection. You don't have to protect a marginal hand that could already be far behind.

EXAMPLE 8 - TWO-PAIR
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are in MP3
  • UTG1 and UTG2 call $0.25
  • UTG3, MP1 and MP2 fold
  • You call $0.25
  • Cutoff folds
  • Button calls $0.25
  • SB folds
  • BB checks

Flop - Active Players (5): You, BB, UTG1, UTG2, Button - Pot: $1.35
  • BB, UTG1 and UTG2 check
  • You bet $1.20
  • Button folds
  • BB and UTG1 call $1.20
  • UTG2 folds

Turn - Active Players (3): You, BB, UTG1 - Pot: $4.95
  • BB and UTG1 check
  • You bet $3.50
  • BB raises to $8
  • UTG1 and you fold

Your bet on the flop is standard. After both players check to you on the turn you should bet again. You could certainly get calls from flush draws. Other weak made hands could find a reason to call, too. You also keep the initiative when you bet. If you check, you give up your control over the hand and won't know where you stand with your hand on the river.

But then the player in the Big Blind raises. This move on the turn against several opponents signals a lot of strength. He will usually have the flush. Your two-pair doesn't look so great anymore. The only correct thing to do is fold.

EXAMPLE 9 - OVERPAIR
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are in MP2
  • UTG1, UTG2, UTG3 and MP1 fold
  • You raise to $1
  • MP3 and Cutoff fold
  • Button calls $1
  • SB folds
  • BB calls $0.75

Flop - Active Players (3): You, BB, Button - Pot: $3.10
  • BB checks
  • You bet $2.50
  • Button calls $2.50
  • BB folds

Turn - Active Players (2): You, Button - Pot: $8.10
  • You bet $6.50
  • Button raises to $15
  • You fold

The best move you can make after seeing this turn card is to bet, then fold if your opponent raises. Your opponent will rarely raise with a weaker hand. You can't check, since even a hand like 22 has countless chances of improving to become a hand that could beat your pair of jacks.

If your opponent calls your bet, you can either give up on the river, or make another small bet and fold if your opponent raises.

EXAMPLE 10 - OVERPAIR
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are on the Button
  • UTG1, UTG2, UTG3, MP1, MP2 and MP3 fold
  • Cutoff raises to $1
  • You call $1
  • SB and BB fold

Flop - Active Players (2): You, Cutoff - Pot: $2.35
  • CO bets $1.50
  • You raise to $5

In this example the best thing you can do is raise. The board offers several draws. If the turn card is higher than a nine, a king or a queen, for example, you won't be in a very comfortable situation with your hand, either.

Based on the above-mentioned factors, you should raise. If your opponent re-raises, you can be certain he has you beat. If he calls, you can base your next decision on the turn card.

How should you play draws?

In order to play draws perfectly you need an understanding of the mathematical concepts of outs, odds, and pot odds. You will learn more about them in the advanced articles that you will have access to once you've passed the poker quiz and received your free starting capital.

In general, you should always play draws passively when no-one raised before the flop or when you called a raise before the flop. You can call moderate flop bets with strong draws like flush draws and OESDs and can usually just fold weak draws (like gutshots).

Don't chase draws! If you have a flush draw on the turn, you will complete your flush on the river less than 20% of the time. You're wasting money when you call big bets on the turn.

If you raised before the flop, you can continue to play aggressively with a lot of draws, as long as you are only facing one or two opponents. You will, for example, almost always place a continuation bet on the flop when you have a strong draw.

When you are facing several opponents, or opponents who call every bet on principle, you can't bluff. The same counts when it comes to playing draws aggressively. You should only play a draw aggressively when you know your opponent(s) can fold.

EXAMPLE 11 - PASSIVE PLAY
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are the SB
  • UTG1, UTG2 and UTG3 fold
  • MP1 calls $0.25
  • MP2 folds
  • MP3 and Cutoff call $0.25
  • Button folds
  • You call $0.15
  • BB checks

Flop - Active Players (5): You, BB, MP1, MP3, Cutoff - Pot: $1.25
  • You and BB check
  • MP1 bets $1
  • MP3 calls $1
  • Cutoff folds
  • You call $1
  • BB folds

Turn - Active Players (3): You, MP1, MP3 - Pot: $4.25
  • You bet $3

You decided to play your hand passively since there are so many opponents in the hand. You can easily call this bet, since you and MP1 both still have a lot of money in your stacks.

Then you complete your draw on the turn. Now you should get active. If you check, your opponent might not bet after the flush draw completes. But there are a lot of opponents in the lower limits who will call this bet, partly because they think it looks like a bluff.

EXAMPLE 12 - AGGRESSIVE PLAY
Before the flop - NL25 Blinds: $0.10/$0.25
You are in Cutoff
  • UTG1 calls $0.25
  • UTG2 and UTG3 fold
  • MP1 calls $0.25
  • MP2 and MP3 fold
  • You call $0.25
  • Button folds
  • SB call $0.15
  • BB checks

Flop - Active Players (5): You, SB, BB, UTG1, MP1 - Pot: $1.25
  • SB, BB, UTG1 and MP1 check
  • You bet $1.10
  • SB and BB fold
  • UTG1 calls $1.10
  • MP1 folds

In this example you have a strong flush draw and overcards (king jack), which give your draw even more strength. You should not, in general, semi-bluff against four opponents, since you will rarely succeed in forcing all of them to fold.

In this special situation, however, you should bet nonetheless. The main reason for this is that you are in position and all other players have to act before you. Additionally there are a lot of cards that can come on the turn or the river that will improve your hand.  Even if someone calls, you will often hit a good card on a later street and be able to win with the best hand. 

Conclusion

This article introduced you to the most important concepts of post-flop play. Of course, we can't fit everything into one article. You will gain access to more articles, videos, and even live coaching sessions on this subject matter right after you pass the PokerStrategy.com quiz.

Understanding the concepts of pot control and protection is very important. You don't want to play for a big pot with a mediocre hand. At the same time, you don't want to let your opponents see the next card for a cheap price when you have a vulnerable hand.

You should by now know that betting is only profitable when weaker made hands call, or when you protect your hand against draws. If you don't have the greatest hand and your opponent is giving you the chance to get to the river cheaply, take him up on it.

In general, the same rules you learned for pre-flop play can be applied to your play on the flop, turn and river:
  • Play tight and avoid marginal situations.
  • Play aggressively and take an active part in shaping the action instead of calling opponents' bets.
  • Play in position. Always look for the chance to play with position on your opponent(s), just like you do before the flop.
If you play by these principles you'll already have a considerable advantage over other players who you encounter at the low stakes.  There is however a lot more to learn! As you move up in stakes, the games get more challenging. More advanced knowledge is needed to develop into a truly fearsome player.

Luckily all the necessary information is available to you right here on PokerStrategy.com.

 

Comments (57)

#1 Koshburger, 15 Jan 10 10:10

ok

#2 kevvu, 07 Feb 10 05:24

Basic is clear now :P. Iam gonna beat it :P

#3 antonin87, 03 Mar 10 11:16

yep..all basics clear..its actually not that much different from SSS in these basics things..you are just playing a bit more hands preflop:D<br />

#4 psydreamer, 22 Apr 10 11:11

in EXAMPLE 11 - PASSIVE PLAY<br /> why u call 56s in SB ? <br /> in the "How to Play Before the Flop" u said fold 56s from any position

#5 ThreeFour34, 05 May 10 23:26

Look in chart! U call if one before you called.

#6 Lin86, 20 May 10 18:17

This is a very good article for beginners. However, I do not agree with the way example 8 is played on the turn. I mean,you are in there against 4 (!!) other players. It seems highly likely that against 4 players, someone could have a flush draw. I mean, what else would they call you with, when you bet into 4 of them. An overpair seems highly unlikey since no one showed any early strength and they would probably raise bigtime on the flop. Someone is probably in there with an 8 or maybe a bad player even just has high cards (A10 or AJ). The guy with high cards is drawing dead and he probably won't call another bet anyway(unless he has a high diamond). Someone who has an 8 (e.g. A8 suited) might call but is he really gonna do that after the third flushcard hits? And if he does, he could still pair his kicker or the board could pair, which would give him a higher two pair. And what do you do if one of them just calls and then makes a substantial bet on the river when the pot is already quite big(whether he made the flush or not). You would not know where you stand at all. And would not be easy to fold here with so much money already invested. Also, if I have an aggressive image and I'm playing against players who have check-raised me before, I would probably check along on the turn and consider to call a bet on the river if no scary card (another diamond) hits. This might also induce a bluff or even a "supposed" value bet by someone holding e.g. A8 suited on the river when they think you are weak by not betting the turn.By not betting the turn I"m also preventing to be shut out of the pot by someone who is representing the flush, even though he does not have it.<br /> <br /> But one thing I would do for sure is I would definetly slow down!

#7 Nussler, 27 Jun 10 19:44

ok

#8 rossolding, 27 Jun 10 21:28

ok

#9 bibilatrompe, 10 Sep 10 15:55

In EXAMPLE 7, why calling pre-flop with 78s ? <br /> The SCH saids fold in any case if one player raised.<br /> An UTG raise is TT-AA, AK.

#10 xodkrm, 19 Sep 10 11:23

good question

#11 muel294, 19 Sep 10 21:47

Q 3/3 under the made hands section is wrong IMO:<br /> <br /> you hold a top pair of queens, what community cards would change this?<br /> <br /> I think Aces Kings AND QUEENS as queens would give us trips ;P<br /> <br /> Lol, I know what you mean PS.com if not worded a little misleadingly.

#12 Dingo17, 30 Sep 10 14:41

Good article,

#13 trinhdinhthuan, 15 Oct 10 03:06

ok

#14 Ectoz, 23 Oct 10 08:57

Lin86,i think that in the example PS.com gave,you are betting to represent a made flush yourself,but get moved off the hand by a real flushdraw.And imho,its better to be bluffed and fold,than get stacked.And it would take quite a thinker to realise that you have a big hand and if you check,than you are clearly afraid of that diamond,and eager to fold.You get where im heading?

#15 andreimgs, 24 Oct 10 11:33

Useful article !

#16 johnwayne360, 16 Feb 11 23:43

now time to put it to the test

#17 Janestudent, 22 Mar 11 13:13

Clear

#18 mattisks, 14 Apr 11 14:36

nice one I actually needed this as I am struggling these days with my flop and postflop play..

#19 akisAAKK, 13 May 11 09:44

very nice articles gratz to all ps.com

#20 bomziss, 25 May 11 18:51

Useful ;)

#21 Elroch, 26 May 11 22:06

In the first set of 3 questions about which cards would change a top pair of queens, I would say a Q on the turn would change the top pair (to top trips), as well as an A or K changing it (in the opposite direction) into second pair.

#22 Alen6151, 24 Dec 11 17:00

cool :D

#23 Ragmagent, 15 Feb 12 16:41

Great information and examples of how to play particular hands in different situations. Anyone who is serious about improving their game and making money should definitely read these articles and take the quizzes. Thanks for the info!

#24 ScorpionJay, 13 Mar 12 23:20

cool

#25 sojisub, 15 Mar 12 11:39

Great. I understand play poker

#26 pgkmen, 05 Apr 12 12:15

Thank you very much! These articles are really helpful.

#27 DraakG, 02 Jun 12 11:46

The examples on contibets all show situations in which Hero is in possition. Do the same rules apply when your out of posittion?<br /> <br /> Say I raise before the flop with AJ in MP. The BU calls and the flop comes K73 rainbow. Do I conti-bet?<br /> <br /> How about if the CO also called or if the flop came KQ2 rainbow?<br /> <br /> Thanks for your time.

#28 DraakG, 02 Jun 12 11:47

position*

#29 lothias, 19 Jun 12 00:23

where is the quizz

#30 Demonul12, 26 Jun 12 14:15

lets go

#31 jba99, 30 Jun 12 09:11

I have a question. the stack in BSS should be 100 BB but if stack increasing or decreasing therefor how much BB we have buying? or we have leave table?

#32 KisSMyAcE666, 17 Jul 12 00:49

very useful

#33 rkretowi, 23 Jul 12 16:55

I've played poker for years. It is amazing how much you forget !!!<br /> <br /> I recommend reading and re-reading this article !!!

#34 Christoph420, 07 Dec 12 19:34

NICE

#35 ellamcc, 29 Dec 12 01:29

Lots of info in here. It's going to take me a while to integrate all of this info into actual play!

#36 VerseD, 23 Mar 13 19:10

Now need to take it all into my play.

#37 payizan, 08 Apr 13 21:11

tank you..this is good article

#38 vegasjj, 08 Jun 13 05:57

Nicely done! Now just need to practice - and get rid of some bad habits :)

#39 thanos1995, 18 Jul 13 14:15

How Much Should I Bet after the Flop?

#40 lollo1588, 27 Jul 13 11:50

thanks

#41 Stuart9726, 19 Dec 13 02:09

NICE

#42 catblank, 14 Oct 14 09:03

ok

#43 JazzMonkey, 03 Nov 14 19:54

thanks for the help :)

#44 egzekutor8686, 02 Dec 14 14:01

Nice

#45 magiccarp, 22 Jan 15 04:12

good article

#46 davidnguyenct, 19 Feb 15 06:27

Already passed

#47 hud400, 25 Mar 15 04:08

I think this article was well worded , better than most articles I have read. Wording and selecting his many examples there will be some judgment decisions that can be seen from different perspectives.

#48 mirth, 29 Mar 15 11:32

pot control is definitely a good thing to add to my play.

#49 moou1126, 01 Nov 15 07:10

Must be very patient

#50 bubamarasr, 22 Jan 16 23:01

Read it. Thank you.

#51 setyaida, 25 Jan 16 11:10

Good it

#52 assadman182, 19 Feb 16 06:52

I have just played a hand that I didnt know what to do.<br /> <br /> Pre flop: Had QQ in early position and raised. SB and BB called.<br /> Flop: A K 7 . SB and BB checked. I raised again and they called.<br /> Turn: 4 . same steps as the Flop.<br /> River: 6 . We all checked<br /> <br /> SB won with an Ace.<br /> <br /> What would have been the better way to play this hand? I searched in the examples for a similar one, but there isnt.

#53 IwaoTakeo, 29 Apr 16 19:51

The one more thing I would appreciate in the article would be: how much to bet with made hands?

#54 j4m4lko, 23 May 16 08:01

nice read

#55 hadib10604, 01 Jun 16 02:42

good info, def need to work on my pot controll more

#56 adisalibabic, 27 Oct 16 01:02

I love poker

#57 QuadLemons, 23 Nov 16 21:06

With the QQ on a A K 7 board i"d stick in a continuation bet on the flop, if both call you're likely beat and should shut down. I sometimes call with a we