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Hand 2 Hand Combat -- Nate McGowan

Makes a Tough Laydown With an Overpair

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jul 10, 2009

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Want to study real poker hands with the Internet’s most successful players? In this series, Card Player offers hand analysis with online poker’s leading talent. McGowan raises to $6 from the button with the J J. Villain calls. Craig Tapscott: Obviously, that’s pretty standard so far. Nate McGowan: Yep. I’m raising most buttons.   Flop: 8 7 4 (pot: $12) Villain checks. McGowan bets $8. Villain calls. CT: I’ve seen many players spew with overpairs on these types of boards. You really have to know your opponent and what he’s capable of doing: smooth-calling preflop with a big hand, check-raising a big draw here, and so on. NM: Yes. This is always a sticky flop texture for overpairs. It’s not horrible, but you have to proceed with caution. Because he’s always reraising me with a big pair preflop but just calls, J-J is the same hand on this board as Q-Q, K-K, ...


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