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Betting vs. giving free cards

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Sep 17, 2010


In limit hold’em, situations commonly arise in which you must weigh the risks of betting against the potential negatives of giving a free card. In these circumstances, you need to consider how the hand will play out and incorporate any additional value gained or lost into the equation. This includes any equity on extra bets that you may gain or lose, plus any value from impressions that you may make on your opponents by playing your hand in a nonstandard manner. I was holding the K J under the gun in a seven-handed $30-$60 limit hold’em game at Bellagio. Frequently, I limp with this type of hand, suited big cards with straight potential, commonly known as a volume hand. Since it can make a strong hand like a straight or a flush, it plays better against several callers, who are available to give you action when you make a big ...

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