Post flop poker strategy
So the dealer has dealt the first three community cards – the flop. You find yourself with an average hand – one that isn’t the best, but isn’t the worst either. What should you do? Should you carry on betting in the hope that the card that turns your average Texas Holdem hand into a good one will come? Or do you cut your losses straight away and fold?
Paul Phua says you should always be evaluating these sorts of situations. This is all about post flop poker strategy. It’s one of the big questions and dilemmas in poker games. Do you wait until the hand improves, with the risk that the cards you want don’t come up and you’ve paid a lot of money to see not very much? Or fold, but risk seeing the hand-winning cards you needed come up just as soon as you are out of the game. Paul Phua has some tips on developing this post flop poker strategy – but you’ll have to watch the video to get it! As a teaser though, Paul Phua says knowing when to cut your losses is one of the most important things to learn as a beginner in casino games, especially in Texas Holdem poker.
If you do decide to stay in the hand with average cards, and the turn or river card that will convert your hand into a great one doesn’t come up, it is tempting to try to bluff your way to the pot rather than fold. That maybe something that is worth doing, if your opponents you feel don’t have hugely strong hands, and they aren’t the type of players to call your bluff. But Paul Phua says one of the first things to learn is when to bluff, and when to stop bluffing in casino games. There’s more on bluffing in Paul’s video about the subject here. However, for post flop poker strategy, as with anything else, the vital thing to do says Paul Phua is to keep evaluating. How many players are still in the hand around the poker table? What’s their style of play and usual poker strategy? How likely is it that they have a good hand? All those sorts of questions. Evaluating means that you know when to stop bluffing post flop, and how much it’s worth risking to stay in the hand when playing Texas Holdem. It’s about having a strategy. This video has more.
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