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I Sure Got Straightened Out!

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Apr 18, 2012

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When playing a straight draw, knowing when to hold’em and when to fold’em can get mighty tricky. The decision comes down to the implied price the pot is laying you versus the odds that your hand will win. Of course, quantifying that equation exactly is impossible, and you’re reduced to best guess estimates. And when you’re guessing, mistakes are inevitable. I was in a loose Sunday afternoon $40-80 limit hold’em game at the Bellagio with a mixture of both passive and aggressive players. Several players limped and the cutoff pumped it to $80, folding the button. Holding the J 9 in the SB, getting $250-60 currently, with my implied odds significantly higher, I called the $60. The BB, the most aggressive player in the game, three-bet. Everyone called, $720 in the pot. The dealer turned the Q 10 10. I’d flopped an open-ender, but a very precarious one. It was ...


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