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Poker – Playing 08b Hands On Fourth Street For Beginners

Playing 08B hands in an online casino on fourth street can be tricky. If you have the best possible hand one way (whether low or high) on fourth street, then you usually want to raise at that point, on the chance that you can drive from the pot someone who has you beat for the other direction or is drawing to make a hand that can beat you in either direction. So ram and jam when you have the best possible hand in one direction on fourth street.

If you’re drawing low and have no chance to win the high side of the pot, you may have to fold your hand, depending on the action and your draw. Similarly, if you’re drawing to the high side of the pot and there is already a low hand possible on the board, you’ll sometimes have to fold your hand in this situation as well. In 08B the game is to win the whole pot! Play Online Casino Games

Poker – Bad Flops—fold

If you have A-2-3-9 when the flop comes down K-Q-10, it's time to fold, period. You have no pair and no draw.

Suppose you have [9 43 "0 "El and the floP is 04949-With this flop, it will be hard for you to win the high side of the pot unless you hit two running diamonds. Accordingly, it's best to fold your hand on the flop if someone bets into you and you still have opponents behind you. You could call one bet with this hand if you're the last person to call that bet on the flop and the pot is very large.

This is so only because when you pick up the backdoor low draw (a low draw that you need two low cards in a row to make) or the flush draw on the turn, you will usually have the uncounterfeitable nut-low draw or the nut-flush draw. But never call a bet on the flop for a backdoor draw unless it's the nut backdoor draw and the pot is already very large.

Poker – When A Pair Hits The Board

Suppose you have 9-10-J-K and the flop is Q-Q-J. This is a situation in which you're looking to win the pot with one bet on the flop. With a pair on the board in 08B I'm not looking to invest any money drawing to a straight when my opponent may well have a full house already! It's much more likely in Omaha than in a two-card game like Hold'em that someone has at least trip queens and is drawing to a full house. Worse yet—and here the hand illustrates an important way for you to start looking at the game and seeing how you can read your opponents—the cards that you need for your straight (ace, king, ten, nine) are cards that someone would probably be holding in his hand if his hand contained a queen. So even when he has only trips, when you make your straight you are in grave danger of his filling up (making a full house) at the same time. When your opponents all hold four cards instead of just two, pairs on the board become much more dangerous.

When the flop is bad for your hand, most of the time you will need to fold your hand right away. This can be a bit frustrating when, for example, you finally pick up A-2-3-10 and the flop comes down Q-Q-K! You've been waiting and watching everyone else win big pots with A-2-3-X, and now you lose with your A-2-3-X. Just remember that playing poker well includes folding your strong preflop hands when they miss. Don't chase after bad boards just because your starting hand was strong!