Free Online Poker Education Guide To The Importance Of Discipline

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:

BLINDS 5k/10k

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

B folds

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.

Have a go at playing to a determined strategy by practicing your poker on a free poker site like NoPayPOKER where you can get lots of free online poker coaching.

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