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Hand 2 Hand Combat -- Nate McGowan

Makes a Tough Laydown With an Overpair

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Jul 10, 2009


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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