Most of the time when you are engaged in a poker hand, you think about your decisions before taking them. For example, if you follow a revival with KQ, you say: “If I have the top pair, I will play this hand. If I have a gut-shot and two Overcards, I’ll play this hand. If I have a bilateral straight draw (open-ender) and two Overcards, I’ll play this hand. Otherwise, I let go. ”
However, it may take something that will make you change your strategy in the middle of a hand. Your opponent can make a bet, which gives you information to use to your advantage. It can also build on the river which looks like a value bet and you to sleep one hand you want to play.
It’s always good to play a hand with a plan, but it is essential to be prepared to change your plan if the situation requires. At each hand, your response should be based on your cards and community cards, but it is also very important to consider your opponent’s tendencies.
Here is a hand I played recently at the 2009 EPT German Open in Dortmund, where I finished in fourth place. It was late on the second day, and my carpet was not better. I have been a few decent hands, but I had not yet made serious bluffs. We were eight, the player in second place with 8.500 revive blinds 2,000 / 4,000 and antes at 500. Everyone lay down around me, in a small Blind Pocket 5s. I had around 70,000 chips, and I knew I did not sleep a Pocket pair in this situation.
I decided to follow instead of restart, thinking that the Big Blind also fall into the pot, and that is what happened. The flop gave A-8-3. I wanted to reach a set, or something like 2-3-4 or 3-4-6, and the flop was not the best for my hand, so I check the Big Blind. The initial relanceur made a new revival to 12,000 in a pot to 29.500. This appeared as a weakness.
Under this setting, I was almost sure he had no As, and probably did not pair either. It seemed he had a hand like KJ or something. So when he bet 12,000, I have considered several factors – my reading of his game, my tight image and the size of my carpet. I decided to revive an additional 21,000. I wanted to believe I had an Ace and I committed myself in the pot (when in fact, I slept over-recovery, leaving me with almost 30,000 chips).
The Big Blind folds, and after long time of reflection, relanceur initial layer. It just gave me some credit in thinking that I do not sleep on an extra revival.
It was a situation where I would certainly not committed many tokens without a favorable flop. But I adjusted my decisions based on my opponent. Always be prepared to adjust your poker plan, and you’ll earn tokens in place of a second.