My new free online poker games coaching lesson looks at the importance of self discipline for winning poker.
What do you do if you have a big hand like A-K or A-Q? Typically, we raise with them. Some players are hardcore and reraise them after reraising. But are they strong enough to call raises?
Here is a hand reconstruction case in point that shows the point:
A has 10c-4c raises to 27k
A’s hand is very weak but he raises with it. Is this because A is an aggressive player? Or might A be representing A-x that is strong enough to steal blinds with, or a big pair? What does player B think?
B has As-Kc reraises to 87k
A calls 60k
Now B has the dreadful A-K. Dreadful both for the owner of A-K and the opponent. If the opponent holds Ax and an Ace comes then unless he’s got 2 pair he will get beaten by the kicker AK.
Yet if the Ace or King does not come, B is going to have a difficult time representing what showed on the Flop, since if the opponent bets, generally the opponents cards will fit the Flop, and B is going to leak chips by attempting to buy the Flop by raising, and typically he is is not comfortable to raise with trash (following the opponents raise at the Flop).
B makes a good raise, it’s good since he is able to drive out a hand without the need to see a Flop (even pairs of JJ or lower can be pushed out); he doesn’t want to play AK too riskily. But how does A respond to the reraise?
A reraises to 237k
B to call 150k
So A really is an aggressive player! A has nothing, and decides to reraise again! That may be the sign of A-A or K-K, or even Q-Q. If B is facing any of these hands he is always an underdog (even with the Q-Q).
But B does have some options:
1. He can fold, thus not wasting any more chips. This is he decides that AK is better used against a passive opponent than aggressive.
2. He might call, since he has position, but if no Ace or King falls, A, being aggressive, can continuation bet even with trash, and B will have difficulty determining if A is bluffing. And even should he call and an Ace or King falls what if he’s facing AA or KK?
3. He might move all-in and throw A out of the pot, but again, a reraise following a reraise is often the sign of A-A or K-K (a very good trap), and B can’t make up his mind whether A really has A-A or K-K, or trash.
Therefore the choices are in support of his folding, so
A reveals the bluff!
A’s aggression paid off for him. But the focus of this play is discipline. B may have weighed the reasons for each action, and decided that folding is the best option. Of course we can add another reason: If we are in the pot with good players, unless we have good hands, keep out. Hold on until you playing with someone you can steal all the chips from.
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