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An Example of Reading Hands

A hand arises in a $20-$40 hold'em game which is perfect holdem another example of how to put someone on a hand. This was one time when a good card reader should be able to know for sure exactly what this particular player had. Let's see if you can think doing the same.

Let's call the player Joe who is a good player in a typical tough game. He was in about seventh position. The blinds were $10 and $20 in front of the button. Three players "limped" in an earlier position for $20 and Joe raised to $40. The player on the button called the $40 and the other "limpers" called the $20 raise. Now there are only five players in the pot for $40 each plus $30 in the blinds.

The flop game:

The first three players checked, Joe checked and the player on the button bet $20. One player called in front of Joe and Joe also called. Now there was a $290 in the pot. The card on fourth street was 9 ? . The first player bet out $40 and Joe called once again. In this spot, you can be sure what Joe has! Can you figure it out?

Let us consider Joe's play. Before the flop, his raise indicated a good but not necessarily a great hand as he is in the good position. He might a pair but he could also have something like 10 or 9 suited.

Joe's check on the flop is very not likely to be slow-play with a good hand since the style pot limit is so big to give everybody a free draw. Again, he would have checked a fair good hand such as pair of aces or even a pair of queens. Hence he wouldn't have much.

After checking on the flop, however, he calls when the button bets. There are only two possibilities: An inside straight draw or (less likely) a pair in the hole. He is getting 14 ½-to-1 odds in this case, which would make a "gut-shot" straight draw (KJ, KT or JT) worth it. A pair is more doubtful. The final clue comes when he calls the $40 bet (with the possible raise behind him) after the hits. His odds has reduced to 8 ¼-to-1 ($330 - $40). It is no longer worth drawing to an inside straight or a pair. If the 9 ? has made him three 9s he would have raised. So what's the solution? There is one hand that he could have that is no longer a gut-shot draw. It is jack, 10. The 9 ? would turn the hand into an open end straight draw which is below an 8-to-1 shot, Jack, 10 was the Joe's hand.

The Protected Pot

The protected pot is very significant concepts in considerably tougher poker games. While little has been written about it, it is known intuitively by good players.

A protected pot is a pot that is being competed by a number of players. The pot becomes "protected" on the last round. Protected here means that, it is very unlikely that anyone will try to steal the pot from three or more rivals when all the cards are out. They know that there is fairly no chance to get away with it.

The way you take the advantage of the protected pot is by not "paying off" someone who bets in this situation when your hand is only average. Unless the game is very tough or very tricky you are almost certain to be beaten.

If you are kind of player who is known as someone who is capable of folding a good hand on the end, players may try to bluff to you more than they would someone else. However, when the pot is protected any player who tried a bluff should worry about the other players as well as worrying about you.

Thus, even if you think that it would usually be worth calling some texas holdem player to keep him honest if it were a heads-up situation, you should generally give him credit for a hand when he bets into a multi-way pot.

For example you are playing seven-card stud. Going into the last card you have two small pair. Lets' say it is obvious that two of your three rivals have flush draws and the other one has a big pair.

Should either flush draw bet, you should almost certainly fold if you don't improve. Unless you are playing against bad players or experts (who know that you are aware of this principle) you can be sure that the bettor will not try to run a bluff through all the players.


Detail discussions as to how important it is to bluff in a random and occasional manner have been explained fully in The Theory of Poker by David Skylansky. It has also explained how much you gain when you can stop your rivals from doing the same. One simple way for doing this is by forcing then into a protected pot.

There are many other situations in poker where it is hard to try to limit the field. This is generally done by raising to get players out.

On the other hand, when the original bettor is extremely aggressive and tricky player and you have a hand that you think can be played either way (i.e. call or raise) you should think twice about raising if just calling will result in a protected pot.

Here you won't have to guess on the end.

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