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When to bet twice with an over pair

by Jonathan Little |  Published: Oct 03, '16


jacks-pokerIn this blog post, I am going to share with you a hand that I played deep in the $5,000 buy-in World Series of Poker event that I final tabled in 2015. Although I didn't win, I took 6th place for $85,616.

This hand illustrates the important concept you must master of how to play a decently strong over pair when your you beat most of your opponent's range, but he could have you crushed. While it is often a great idea to value bet three times versus amateur players who will call down with a wide range that you beat, electing to pot control will ensure you do not lose your entire stack when you happen to run into the nuts. However, if you get in the habit of playing your over pairs in the same manner every time (either always betting three times or pot controlling), you will leave significant money on the table.  Continue Reading ...

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Jonathan Little is a two-time World Poker Tour champion with more than $6 million in tournament winnings.

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