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Analyzing Flop Textures and Assessing Hand Strength in Short Deck Hold’em

by Kevin Haney |  Published: May 22, 2019


Card Player Magazine, available in print and online, covers poker strategy, poker news, online and casino poker, and poker legislation. Sign up today for a digital subscription to access more than 800 magazine issues and get 26 new issues per year! As soon as the flop comes down it is a vital skill to quickly analyze its texture and assess your relative hand strength based upon that and other key factors, such as the number of players in the pot, and their ranges. Let’s examine what we should be thinking about on the flop. Flop Texture Examples Board: A 10 8 So just to test everyone, what is the very first thing you need to say to yourself once you see this flop? “Aces are fives,” of course! When you are new to the game it is very important to acknowledge this when you see an ace on board or ...

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