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1. In a multi-way pot, if one rival is forced to call you and you have him beat but your other rival is drawing to beat you, should you bet?


Case 1: Your rival bets and you are debating whether your hand is worth a call.

1. When would you call?

You should call if the odds you are getting justify your chances.

2. How would you determine your chances of winning?

You can determine by reading hands and knowing your rivals.

3. Is raising ever better than calling?

Yes it is better if your rival will throw some hands away that you can't beat.

4. When should this be done?

This can be done only against very tough players.

5. Give an example?

You have what appears to be an easy calling hand and your tough rival will therefore reason that you must have made a monster.

6. For instance?

Your rival has J-7-6-5 showing and you have J-8-5-2 showing, it can be a very good play to raise him with an 8 low.

7. What made the above look like an easy call?

It looks like you have an eight low.

8. What if your board was K-Q-5-2?

Your raise might look like a desperation play and be called.

9. When is this bluff raise of question No.6 correct?

It is correct only against expert players who are not aware that you are capable of this play.

10. If you make this play and your rival does fold, do you show your hand?

You should not show your hand.

11. When can a raise as a bluff be right against a bad player?

It can be correct if you think that he might be bluffing but you cannot beat his bluff.

12. Give an example?

The bad player has something like a 2-4-6-T showing and you have a 3-5-9-J and because of the way the hand was played and the cards that were out you felt hat it was drawing to a nine and missed it and you now suspect that he is poker betting a ten on the end as a bluff.

13. How frequently does this situation come?

It comes very occasionally.

14. Can you call a player who never bluffs?

You can call only if you can beat some of his legitimate hands.

15. When might a player be bluffing?

He might be bluffing if he has been forced to bet every round because of the order of the cards.

16. Give an example?

You have caught in order 3-8-J-6. If your rival has only a 10 low, he might try to make you throw your 8 low away.

17. Another better example?

Your rival has caught 3-5-2-K in that order and you have caught 6-4-Q-J. If he happens to have two pair and a king low he almost certainly will bluff.

18. When else can you make a bluff catching call?

You can make if your rival appears to have an automatic check but bets anyway.

19. For example?

A player has a 9-8-7-3 showing and you have a 5-T-2-J. If he bets that 9-8 into good poker draw you have to get suspicious. This is because with a nine or an eight a check seems to be indicated.

20. What is the situation where you beat some of the bettor's legitimate hands?

They generally arise when it is very close and you have to worry about your third or fourth highest card.

21. Give an example?

Your rival bets 7-6-3-T and your board is 7-5-3 and you have 7-6-5-3-A. You have a call.

22. Give another example?

Your rival has something like 6-5-3-A showing and you have a 7-6-5 showing and have made a 7-6-5-2-A. You would generally call expecting that he is betting a 7-6-5-3-A.

Case 2: Your rival bets and you think that you have the best hand.

1. When is it correct to raise?

You should still be the favorite to have him beaten even if he calls your raise.

2. Will many players call your raise with all the money in the poker pot?


3. Do you need to be a 2-to-1 favorite to have the best hand to raise?

This is especially true if you are up against a player who is capable of re-raising without having you beat.

4. How will you play against such kind of rival?

You should be little more cautious in raising when playing against such kind of rivals.

5. Example?

Your rival comes out betting 9-6-3-A and you have K-Q-4-2 showing, it is okay to raise with a seven-four. But if you have K-Q-7-2 showing, a raise is possibly now too dangerous since your rival knows that the best hand you can have is a seven-four.

6. Can you explain in other words?

You can be a little more aggressive with your good reading poker hands if your board suggests that your hand may be better than it is.

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