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Difference Between Average And Advanced Players in Their Thinking while Play

Final Comments

Few of the elements are been obvious in the sample hands above. While not a complete list, we can see that some of the qualities that distinguish the advanced player from the average player include:

1. A big amount of knowledge. This leads to an awareness of a more number of important variables and their implications in the play of a hand.

2. A completely developed habit of thinking through situations as they crop up at the table.

3. A well developed tendency to think about what rivals are thinking.

4. A well developed ability to think ahead during hands. This includes tendency to forecast the rival's thoughts, as well as their actions.

5. A greater feeling to the need for situational, player detailed adjustments.

These are but few abilities that you can establish or strengthen through serious study of the game of card. I hope you might know that the payoff makes it worth the effort. And if you are already at the advanced level stated, you know that even the effort to learn a little more can payoff better than other players imagine.

One Way of Not Folding

Caution: This topic might be dangerous to the average player. Generally such a player not only plays too many hands, but goes far beyond with them. Where he needs the most help is in learning when to fold. Besides, this topic is related with as to how not to fold your hand. I will discuss one way to take a hand of little obvious worth and wins a pot on the worth of that hand. It is a kind of play, preferable for the advanced players, which I hope will stimulate thought and further learning for sensitive intermediate players: for it explains some significant considerations which arise in the Play Poker every time.

1. A basic corollary of poker is that hand value are always relative. You need only enough to win. A pair with a king kicker beats the same pair with a queen kicker as certainly as a straight flush beats a ten-high no pair.

2. All players can gain from sharpening the kind of flexibly fast thinking which, if you have developed it through practice and thinking about poker away from the game, can help you to grab profitable opportunities that other players might miss.

3. Positional betting strategies are often important in maximizing your expectation in a hand.

Intellectual readers will recognize that the play I will discuss is similar to one involving the play of high pair with a small kicker which is explained in the chapter on the free card in Skylansky and Malmuth's Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players: 21st Century Edition. It may be that the first edition of that book provided my first introduction to the logical basis for the play.

This states that how most plays and concepts in poker can go beyond to the new situations, and can be adjusted to create new plays. If you do enough thinking about poker, you can even use ideas you learn as springboards to discover new concepts of which you were earlier uninformed. As a thinking player, you should try to use newly acquired ideas and concepts as incentive for further learning.

The Situation

Imagine this example. In a $20-$40 hold'em game you are in the big blind with a weak hand:

A loose player of average ability limps in under the gun. A weak tight player and a loose, passive type call in middle positions. The button, a loose, aggressive player calls, followed by an average player in the small blind. (Besides this is a good time to feel lucky. In my games, a free play in the big blind is very infrequent.)
There is $120 in the pot as you take the flop six-handed. Here the flop comes:

Even with your pair, given the looseness of your rivals, you will not like this flop very much. If you bet and are not raised you will certainly be called, probably in one or two places.

It would difficult to knock the callers' hands, and the fourth street card may go against with your modest winning possibilities. Against few rivals or a different lineup of players a bet would be somewhat profitable. Here, though perhaps close, it might be unprofitable. Checking and folding most of the time in this place is difficult to evaluate.

So let's assume that when the small blind checks, you check too. Now the next three limpers also check. You start to wonder if you may, actually, have the best hand. You start expecting some suitable card on fourth street, but now the player on the button bets. The small blind folds and it is up to you again. Do you figure what has happened? If you have worked on the ability to make quick review in your evaluation of hands and situations as they play out, then you will recognize that things have changed. (In this case, more experienced advanced online poker players know the possibility well before it happens.) A few seconds ago you had little in the way of a hand. Immediately, you have a very real shot present at that spot. Here's what you should consider. If any of the first three players behind you had a jack, there's good chance they'd have bet. (There's little chance they'd have bet an eight as well.) As for the button, because of the way he plays he will probably bet all kind of hands including middle pair, bottom pair, a gut shot draw, or even a pure bluff.

With the large number of hands he will bet, your hand seems to be better than his at this stage. Significantly, indications are that none of the other players has a strong enough hand to call a raise cold.

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