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The Free-Showdown Play in Action

Enforce the tyranny of position

by Ed Miller |  Published: Jun 22, 2009


Last issue, I introduced you to a tactic called the free-showdown play. The idea is that if you have position, you can raise the turn with a marginal hand to encourage your opponent to call and then check the river. Then, you can check behind and take a free showdown. Choosing this line instead of simply calling down charges your opponents more to draw, and it also lays down some cover for those times that you have a legitimately strong hand. Free Showdown in No-Limit Hold’em Your opponent bets the turn, and you raise, planning to check behind on the river. Generally speaking, you’ll want your raise to be something significantly smaller than pot-sized, as depending on the stacks, a pot-sized raise might commit too many chips if your plan is to abandon your hand to a raise. For instance, let’s say that you have a shaky hand against an ...

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