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What to Think About When You See a Flop — Part II

Further utilization of a structured process of analysis

by Barry Tanenbaum |  Published: Apr 01, 2011


In my last column, we started looking at things to consider when seeing a flop. As a rule, the process should be roughly the same every time. Use it to formulate a plan for each flop that you see. The questions to ask and answer are: What are the best possible hands? What are the chances that someone has one? How do these hands compare to mine? What am I trying to make? If I make it, what are my chances of winning? How many bets will it cost me to try for it? What are the pot odds? In my last column, I discussed the first three questions. Let’s begin here with question No. 4. What am I trying to make? Compared to questions No. 2 and No. 3, this one should be easy. If you have what may be the best hand, your job is to ensure as ...

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