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Improving the chances for your marginal hands to hold up

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Dec 10, 2010

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In limit hold’em, improving the probability that your marginal hands will hold up is a big step to becoming a winning player. You’ll commonly flop one pair and bottom two pair. And while they play well against some of your opponents’ ranges, they are very vulnerable when the flop contains straight and/or flush draws or there are several players in the hand. In a generally passive $30-$60 limit hold’em game at Bellagio, I held the 10♣ 9♠ in the big blind. Four players limped in, and the button raised. The small blind folded, and it was on me. I don’t love 10-9 offsuit, but against many opponents, it’s worthy of a cheap call. I called, as did the rest of the field. The pot was $380, and we took the flop six-handed. The dealer flopped the Q♣ 10♦ 9♦, giving me bottom two pair, but threatening straight and flush draws ...


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