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  • Speculative or Weak/Trash?

    Hi!

    In this PSO article it says that a speculative hand is "two cards of the same suit with a maximum gap of two ranks", however, in the weak/trash section it says that a 2 and 3 three of diamonds is trash. I'm a little confused here. Someone care to clarify?

    Also what does "any ace with a kicker lower between a jack and nine" mean? Does it just means an ace with either a Jack or a nine?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Hi tirwit, welcome to the forum! A speculative hand is a hand that will not win the pot often, but that has the potential to flop a very strong hand. Suited connectors such as can flop strong straight or flush draws. Medium pocket pairs such as can flop a set. Also hands like can flop a nut flush draw or a straight draw. With hands like these we want to see the flop cheaply, preferably in late position and with multiple opponents. We usually have to fold when we miss the flop. However, when we make a strong hand, they have the potential to win big pots. is a suited connector, but it is so low that you will always be at the low end of a straight or flush. Moreover, they don't offer much of a backup plan if you make a pair on the flop. They are usually too weak and difficult to play profitably. The "kicker" is your other hole card. So, an ace with a weak kicker would be A6, A7, A8, A9 for example. If you flop an ace, you risk losing a big pot to a villain who also has an ace but with a better kicker than yours. Hands like this won't flop a straight draw, nor a flush draw if they are unsuited. Therefore, it is best to fold hands like this from early and middle position. They are hard to play postflop. Here is an older blog article I wrote that might help you think about your hand's potential. Look through the video archive as well. There is a ton of great stuff there! GL and have fun at the tables! Roland GTX

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    • #3
      Many thanks, you explained it very well!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Roland GTX View Post
        Hi tirwit, welcome to the forum! A speculative hand is a hand that will not win the pot often, but that has the potential to flop a very strong hand. Suited connectors such as can flop strong straight or flush draws. Medium pocket pairs such as can flop a set. Also hands like can flop a nut flush draw or a straight draw. With hands like these we want to see the flop cheaply, preferably in late position and with multiple opponents. We usually have to fold when we miss the flop. However, when we make a strong hand, they have the potential to win big pots. is a suited connector, but it is so low that you will always be at the low end of a straight or flush. Moreover, they don't offer much of a backup plan if you make a pair on the flop. They are usually too weak and difficult to play profitably. The "kicker" is your other hole card. So, an ace with a weak kicker would be A6, A7, A8, A9 for example. If you flop an ace, you risk losing a big pot to a villain who also has an ace but with a better kicker than yours. Hands like this won't flop a straight draw, nor a flush draw if they are unsuited. Therefore, it is best to fold hands like this from early and middle position. They are hard to play postflop. Here is an older blog article I wrote that might help you think about your hand's potential. Look through the video archive as well. There is a ton of great stuff there! GL and have fun at the tables! Roland GTX
        While reading your post, there's 2 acronyms I don't know the meaning, "4c" and "A7o". What are these or where can I find information about them please? I wanted to add this as a comment to your post, but I can't find any "Comment" button. Do I need some minimal rating thingie?

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        • #5
          4c means the 4 of clubs - similarly you can write stuff like Js (Jack of spades), Th (Ten of hearts) or Ad (Ace of Diamonds)

          A7o means hole cards of Ace and Seven of different suits. A7s would mean Ace and seven of the same suit and this can be any suit.

          You sometimes see something like A7cc or Ac7c which means that the hole cards being talked about are Ace of clubs and 7 of clubs specifically.

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          • #6
            IMHO All hands are speculative
            It's just what degrees they are as you continue and judging that is poker ... Personally though, I often avoid anything other than pairs, or broadway suited connectors or one gapers


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            • #7
              Thanks!

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