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Post-flop; When can you raise for value on the flop with a draw?
IntroductionIn this article
- You must be able to make better hands fold
- Calling down could be better
- A 3-bet is the worst countermeasure you can encounter
With made hands you raise on the flop because you want to extract value from your opponent. You therefore raise, in the assumption of having the best hand with which you want to be paid off. For made, but fragile hands, this is also done for protection, as your opponent will often fold a hand which could otherwise beat you when it gets improvement.
With drawing hands, or draws, there also are many situations in which you can raise, even if you’re fairly certain of not having the best hand at the moment.
In general, you have to ask yourself the following question when holding a good draw: Is there a possibility that I can win the hand without a showdown, because I can make all my opponents fold their hand?
This way of playing a hand is called a semi-bluff and is described in the bronze-section: Semi bluff and pure bluff
In the gold-section this subject is analysed even further: Semi-BluffsWhenever you see the opportunity to win a hand without a showdown, you should play a good draw as aggressively as possible. Yet there are also situations in which you don’t see this opportunity to make all opponents fold, and should still play your draw aggressively and raise or even cap.
In the next part we'll show you what the requirements are for playing a draw aggressively on the flop, even when you're certain you can't bring all your opponents to fold.
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