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    Hi all,

    Was watching a micro-stakes video and the trainer picked up KK. It was folded after their 3x raise but they did talk about what they might have done if an Ace hit the flop.

    They said if heads up they would bet at it for protection as their opponent will give up most times if they do not have an Ace.

    so should we make this protection type bets or should we check and try for value on the turn and river?

    Any thoughts greatly recevied,

    Grade b
    I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. ~Winston Churchill

    13 Time Bracelet Winner

  • #2
    Hi grade b!

    If it's me and I'm out of position, I'm making a flop bet. This way, I have the chance to win the pot (if the opp don't have an A) and it also sets the minimum that I'm willing to lose in the hand if I'm called and don't improve, or if I'm raised.

    IMO, making the bet accomplishes two things. Gets value for my hand and also lets me know where I'm at in the hand.

    John (JWK24)

    6 Time Bracelet Winner


    • #3
      Hi Grade,

      I like this topic as I think betting is taken as the standard line but imo isn't always correct. I think it is dependant on a few things, player type and position are going to be two big factors when deciding what to do.

      I agree with John that OOP, as a rule of thumb, I'm betting because I'm happy to take it down there and then. If they fold so what I might have missed value but it's better than being blown off my hand.

      In postion though I think we can check or bet, agaisnt a passive fish type of player I'm going to bet for value. They often won't believe us on the A high board, Hey they have a pair right why would they fold

      Against a tighter more thinking player, I might be inclined to check back but only if I think they are likely to hold a hand that I can get value from on later streets.

      As with everything in poker we should react to the situation, taking in to accouunt stack size, their range, postion along with countless other things. That what makes poker so fun to play nothing is ever the same

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      • #4
        ty both for that,

        I think i will have to read it a few times and try it out to get it set in my head a bit.

        Grade b
        I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. ~Winston Churchill

        13 Time Bracelet Winner



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