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Big Hand Versus Big Draw

Maximizing your return, minimizing your loss

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Jul 09, 2010

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You’re heads up in a no-limit hold’em game. You hold pocket aces and you’re pretty sure that your opponent is on a flush draw. How can you manipulate the situation to maximize your return if he misses and minimize your loss if he hits? First, let’s wind the betting back to before the flop, so that we’ll know how you got here and how much money’s in the pot. For the sake of conversation, we’ll set the blinds at $2-$5, give you two black aces in middle position, and have you open an unraised pot for $20, which is not a bad raise with pocket aces, since you want to thin the field, ideally to just one player, and a bet of four times the big blind will drive out most of the shoe clerks. You get just the one caller, in the cutoff seat, who’s someone you know to ...


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