When a Scare Card Isn’t Scary
by Andrew Brokos | Published: Jul 03, '12
My latest poker article, Scare Card, is now appearing in the July 2012 edition of Two Plus Two Magazine. I hope you’ll find the thesis thought-provoking:
in certain circumstances, a “scare card” such as a third flush or straight card can actually generate action from hands that would not have paid Hero off on an earlier street. This may be because these cards make new draws possible, because they entice opponents to bluff, or because they enable other players to put Hero on a bluff when he bets.
In these circumstances, scare cards are not scary at all. It may make sense to slowplay, not despite the possibility of such a card falling, but precisely because of that possibility.
As always, please let me know what you think in the comments!