5. Maximizing your big hands.



You flop a big hand (like a set) and someone bets into you and you make a small re-raise. Example - you have 88 and the flop comes 4 8 10. Assume your opponent bets $10 into you and you min raise to $20. I think you are losing a lot of value in your hand when you make this play. You are telling your opponent you have a huge hand (and you do have a huge hand). Not a good idea. Either calling or making a normal sized raise ($30 to $40) will be more profitable for you. How do you decide? Do you think your opponent has a big hand like an overpair? Assume your opponent was the pre-flop raiser and he rarely raises. There is a good chance he does have an overpair. In this scenario you want to make a raise to about $35 which gives him a chance to shove all of his chips in and for you to win a big pot. Lets say your opponent has QQ and you just call his bet. Now if an Ace or King or even a card that completes a draw hits the turn your opponent is less likely to put all of his chips in and you will win a much smaller pot. If it turns out your opponent has a weak hand then you weren't going to win a big hand very often anyways. Now, if your opponent is always raising pre-flop it is less likely he has an overpair or that he has hit this flop. Here just calling his bet would be the play. If he bets again on the turn it is more likely he has a hand so we can now make our raise.

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