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by Bart Hanson |  Published: May 30, 2012

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April 9th – Be wary of multiway pots where you can be up against a made hand and a dominating draw. That is a recipe for 0 percent equity

It is pretty rare that you find yourself drawing virtually dead when playing no-limit hold’em. Even if you get it in preflop with rags against aces, usually you are going to have at least ten percent equity. Much like when people overvalue top pair and a flush draw, like I discussed in a previous article, a lot of inexperienced players do not recognize situations where they are likely to be up against a made hand and a dominating draw. If you find yourself in this situation you basically have a 0 percent chance to win the hand. These spots can sometimes be tricky to recognize as we may be getting some great pot odds in multiway pots.

Let’s take a look at an example. Say an early position player with an $800 stack raises to $20 in a $2-$5 no-limit game. A mid-position player calls with a $700 stack and we overcall covering both players with 8Diamond Suit 9Diamond Suit. The flop comes out big for us – QDiamond Suit 9Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit. The preflop raiser checks and the mid position player bets out $50. We decide to raise to $175 thinking that we can get the mid-position player off of a queen. The preflop raiser now check-raises to $500. The original better thinks for a while and calls. What kind of hands do we think that our two opponents have? Normally, the preflop raiser would bet out with A-A or K-K on this board, not go for a check-raise. And, especially after this crazy action in front of him, check-raising with those types of hands would be a big overplay.


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