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FAQ : Third Street Play with Bad Hands

1. What is a good hand?

It is generally a three-card eight or better.

2. What is the exception?

Everyone has high poker cards showing now a three-card ten may be a good hand.

3. When can you play a bad hand?

There is only one call, especially in a high ante game like the $30-$60, all the other low cards have folded, you have a low card showing and a small card in the hole. This is true if your rival will throw his hand away if you catch good card and he catches bad card.

4. When is this play not that good?

If you think that your rival will call you on fourth street even if you catch a good one and he catches bad card.

5. What if two or more low cards have already called?

Never make such kind of play.

6. If you are the high card, can you sometimes call a raise?

Yes.

7. What are the essential four factors that you should consider when calling with a high card?

•  What are your two baby cards? Are they bike cards or just two to a seven?

•  The cards that are out you want your hand to be very live.

•  How many players are already playing? (The less the better.)

•  Are you against someone who could be stealing and not have a hand?

8. Anything else?

There is a difference between a 10 and a king.

9. When it is correct to call with a high card?

It is correct to call if all four factors are favorable, especially in a higher ante stealing game.

10. Give an example?

You bought it in with a jack, had a 3-4 in the hole, there were two 3s and a 4 gone and the last player raised with a 7, you should call.

11. What if there is more than one rival?

You should not play.

12. What if you catch a bad card on fourth street and your rival catches good card? (This is when you call with a high card showing.)

You should no doubt fold.

Normal Third Street Play

1. When you pick up three low cards, what is the first thing that you should consider?

You should consider the cards that are out.

2. While it is good that the cards that make your hand are still in the deck, what is doubly good?

It is doubly good when the cards that pair your hand are gone.

3. What again is good?

It is also very good when the cards that pair your upcard are gone.

4. After looking at the cards that are gone, what should you do?

You should adjust the strength of your reading poker hand.

5. Everything being equal, rate hands?

A three-card bike is the best, a three-card six or seven-four is good, a three-card rough seven or smooth eight is fair, while a three-card nine or rough eight is poor.

6. But what can the cards that are out do to these hands?

You can easily shift them one category.

7. Example?

An 8-7-2 can become a decent or even a good hand if the right cards are gone and an A-2-3 can become a good or possibly a decent hand if the wrong cards are gone.

8. Some playing examples?

It is possible to put in the last raise with a 7 showing when up against several three-card lows. It can be correct to sometimes throw away a three-card six, especially for a double raise.

9. Suppose the high card is to your immediate right and you are next with a three-card hand in the $30-$60 game (high ante). Will you limp in?

No, it is never correct to limp in.

10. Why is this so?

This is because it is wrong to give someone 6-to-1 odds to poker overcall with a weak hand where they might "out flop" you.

11. What is the exception?

A very good hand with the perfect cards out.

12. Suppose you do limp in and someone calls you who you suspect is weak, what should you be inclined to do in the $30-$60 game?

You should be inclined to call again on fourth street .

13. What is the second reason to limp in with very good hands?

You suspect that someone else will raise and you can get a chance to re-raise.

14. Should you ever limp in, in the $15-$30 (low ante) game?

Yes.

15. Why?

This is because anyone else who limps in won't get enough pot odds in this smaller ante games.

16. What is another reason to limp in with good hands?

To set up situations that enables you to play marginal hands.

17. Such as?

You have a decent three-card hand but most of the cards are out.

18. Give an example?

You have 7-5-2 with the 5 showing and there were two 4s and an ace gone.

19. What is the other time to limp in with a decent hand in an early position?

You have a good three-card eight with the perfect cards out and the 8 showing.

20. Should you ever throw away a three-card eight?

If you are in an early position and there are many low cards behind you, throw a three-card eight away unless the ante is high or your pair cards are showing.

21. If the 8 is not showing, and the decision to play is close, what do you do?

You should raise if you are going to play.

22. What if someone has already raised?

To call you need a hand that is fairly as good as the raiser.

23. What hands can you call a raise with?

Three-card sevens unless the cards that are out are very dangerous to you. Also, three-card eights, especially if the 8 is in the hole.

24. What if you were the original raiser and have been re-raised?

You should play as long as you were not stealing.

25. What if the original raiser was stealing and you have a playable hand?

You should re-raise.

26. Why else may you want to re-raise?

If you have a very good three-card hand where you know you will take another card off irrespective of what you catch on fourth street .

27. What is the second reason to re-raise?

It is to get down to just you and the original raiser even if you know that he has a hand. This is true when the ante is high.

28. But if your hand is only fair to good should you generally re-raise?

No.

29. Why?

This is a double raise on third street forces an automatic call on fourth street . If there was only one raise you would fold if you catch a bad card and he catches good card but he might incorrectly call if it comes the other way.

30. What if a rival has limped in and you should act with a good hand?

You should raise occasionally.

31. When is it correct to call?

If there are low cards behind you, you can even limp without a hand in the expectation of flopping him.

32. What if you have a hand in this case?

If you limp in, you will be able to trap your rivals.

33. When other time it is correct to limp?

It is correct to limp if you think that the original limper may be slow-playing a big hand.

34. What if there are more low cards behind you?

If there are more low cards behind you, you should raise usually to thin out the field.

35. What is the exception?

You should limp sometimes if you get loose players o come in with all kinds of poker hands or if you think you may get a raise behind you and now you can re-raise.

36. What if you have a very big hand and someone has raised?

You should re-raise.

37. Why?

This is because on fourth street it is correct to call irrespective of what you catch so you might make it correct to do so by making a bigger pot.

38. When is another time to re-raise on third street ?

The second time to re-raise on third poker street is if there is a high card playing.

39. What is the reason for not doing this?

The reason for doing this is to throw off your rivals.

 

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