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An Educational Hand

There’s more than one “right way” to play a hand

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Nov 26, 2010


One of my poker clients recently gave me a hand that I think has general instructional value. He is relatively new to online poker and sticks to low-stakes no-limit hold’em games. This hand is from a 25¢-50¢ game with a $50 buy-in. Here is what his e-mail said: “I picked up two red queens in early position and opened for $1.50. A player in middle position called, and so did the small blind. The flop came J♠ 4♠ 3♥. I bet twice the pot size to protect my hand against a flush draw and overcards. The player in middle position called, and the small blind folded. The turn was the A♦. I checked. The pot was now $25, and my opponent bet only $4. I called, because the bet was so small compared to the size of the pot. The last card was the 8♣, which looked like a total ...

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