How To Play On The Flop?
Congratulations! You have just finished the eight lesson.
Now lets recap:
- on the flop you should bet most of the time:
- when your hand is very strong
- when you miss it completely, but are in position
- when you hit a good hand, but the board is wet
- when you hit a good draw
- when you feel your opponent is weak
- and you should check most of the time:
- when you are out of position and were not the preflop raiser
- when you missed but are not heads-up in the hand
- when you have a marginal hand like KJ in a AKQ flop
- when you have a draw and you want to try and hit it as cheaply as possible
- when you feel your opponent is strong
- you now know that it’s important to sometimes bet with the hands you should check with and check with the hands you should bet with
- because it makes your range balanced
- and because of that your opponents cannot exploit your play easiely
Play at least 500 hands of real money cash games at full ring tables of the lowest possible stakes($0.01/$0.02) and continue on playing the base hands. Pay particular attention to the play on the flop. Just keep in mind what you’ve learned in this lesson and try to see how it works on the poker tables.
Experiment with slow playing(try to find good spots for checking with a very strong hand in order to lure your opponents into a trap) and bluffing(try to find good spots for betting out with a weak hand in order to make your opponent fold).
Just remember to do it rarely. These plays work only if you’re unpredictable, and if you do them too often, then you are predictable. Your goal here is to learn which spots are good for this kind of flop plays, and to understand why balancing your range is crucially important.