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The trouble with trouble hands

by David Apostolico |  Published: May 01, 2010

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The Trouble With Trouble Hands Most of us recognize the inherent danger of playing so-called trouble hands. I’m talking about hands like K-J and Q-10. These hands can cost the inexperienced player a lot of chips when they hit a flop. Even with top pair, you could run into real kicker problems. The flip side of that is that if you do have the best hand, you are unlikely to win much of a pot. Thus, the value of these hands often warrants a preflop fold. There are times to play them and play them with authority, but this column is not about those times. Instead, I’d like to address a problem that I see way too many players encounter. The situation goes something like this: Our victim is in the big blind with Q-10. He’d like to see a flop with this hand, especially since he hasn’t played a ...


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