This free poker online article is all about a hand I watched in a Sit-and-Go tournament I played in. One of the players was duped out, but then again so was I although I wasn’t in the hand.
The moral of the story is that you’ll require to know when to fold and to be very alert to the outs that exist in the hand else you may get crushed.
Here’s how and why:
A has As-Jd, calls 60
B has??-??, calls 60
Big blind and small blind joins (Pot 210)
Here A believes that his Ace is strong, so he continues his aggression:
Big blind and small blind check-fold
A bets 300
B calls 300
Because A fired out more compared to pot, dominobet B has become getting less than 2-to-1 on a call, (1.7-1) that is the proper price to call for a Straight or perhaps a Flush draw with two cards to come. A’s bet is merely enough to operate a vehicle out an incomplete hand. But because B is just a bad player who’ll chase down draws, he calls.
The Five of Clubs came, and A, at this point, still features a strong hand, but has weakened. His Set of Aces is good against what he believes should be described as a stray Flush draw. If he makes B continue, however, he might not be able to play his Pair. So A continues battering:
A bets 500
B calls 500
A Diamond came! Not a four-Flush. Of course A believes his Aces are good already, except if his opponent had A-K. So A tries a check-trap
B bets 1250
A calls all-in 1250
B reveals 8d-6d, wins the pot
How on earth did B have the Straight? When A saw three Clubs, he thought his opponent had, say, one Pair and one Clover that could materialize into a made Flush later. It didn’t, so A thought B’s all-in was due to the value of the tiny Pair B already had. He believed it will be only 8-x or less, so A called using what he thought was the best hand. It wasn’t.
The board was dangerous, but A miscalculated the danger. By focusing too much on the Flush, he didn’t know that the Board was one card off a Straight (only a 6 is required to topple him), and when only three Clubs came, he was lifted his fright of the Flush, however it made him recklessly disregard all the potential hands. The check was correct, but a fold could be better after that check.
And I, too, was duped. I believed B had a busted Flush, too. When B pushed A all-in, I, too, thought he was carrying it out with a set and a busted Flush draw. It had been with a Straight.
So what free Poker lessons may be obtained from this hand?
One is to know when to fold. If the board’s one card off a Straight or Flush or some other big made hand, and a huge bet is in front of you (which you reasonably believe is not just a bluff), you should, more regularly than not, fold.
Two is to know which cards can crush you. Them all, not only some.
For A, throughout the Flop and the Turn, he seen that only Clubs can crush him. On the river, because there are only three Clubs (if B had the flush made, he might have moved all-in on the Turn, and A would have folded), A thinks he’s safe. He dedicated to the Clubs too much; he forgot the 6.
Of course it’s easy with hindsight and analysis, being alert to factors like most of the available outs is just a tough one if you’re new to poker (hell even when you’ve got sometime tucked away) so for that reason it’s best to practice a lot in free poker games prior to going off to online poker money games or live games and start throwing real cash about. Even once you do progress I advise you ahead back and play free online poker regularly to be able to de-stress, make errors without loss and practice new ideas.