Laying down a strong hand will be one of the most difficult aspects of poker to learn.
Inexperienced players do not know when to lay a good hand down, and that's where more
experienced players make a lot of their money. Below is an example of a tough lay-down
I had to make. Lucky for us, there was still a showdown so we can see the cards and
determine if I made the right move or not...
Hand #X-X at X (No Limit Hold'em)
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Started at 09/Nov/03 13:16:30
The button is at seat 2.
Player3 posts the small blind of $.25.
Player4 posts the big blind of $.50.
Player0: -- --
Flop Turn River: Kh Jc
Player3: -- --
Player4: -- --
Player5: -- --
Player6: -- --
Player7: -- --
Player8: -- --
Player9: -- --
Player5 calls. Player6 calls. Player7 folds.
Player8 folds. Player9 folds. Player0
folds. Flop Turn River calls. Player3 calls. Road
*I'm holding KJ offsuit on the button, I decide to limp-in and play this hand. This
might have been my mistake on this hand, perhaps I should have raised pre-flop...
Flop (board: 4h 9h Jd):
*The flop brings a Jack. I now have a pair of Jacks with a King kicker. This is a
great flop, I'm going to bet at it.
Player3 checks. Player4 checks. Player5
checks. Player6 bets $.50. Flop Turn River raises to $2.
Player3 calls. Player4 folds. Player5 folds.
Player6 re-raises to $10.50. Flop Turn River folds.
Player3 re-raises to $36. Player6 goes all-in for
$28.15. Player3 is returned $7.85 (uncalled).
*All kinds of action on this flop, Which is weird, because it doesn't look like much.
Three players end up in this pot and it goes like this: Player3 checks in early position,
Player6 opens with the minimum bet. I think I clearly have the best hand, I raise $2.00.
This is when it gets weird. Player3 calls my $2 raise (he previously checked).
Then, Player6 re-raises $10.50!!! Obviously, my hand isn't as strong as I thought it was.
With those bets, someone must have flopped two-pair or trips (three-of-a-kind).
I quickly fold my top pair, king kicker. The action continues...Player3 then re-raises
back $36 and Player6 calls and goes ALL-IN.
Turn (board: 4h 9h Jd 8s):
(no action in this round)
River (board: 4h 9h Jd 8s 6d):
(no action in this round)
Player3 shows 4d Js.
Player3 has 4d Js 4h 9h Jd: two pair, jacks and fours.
Player6 shows 9c Th.
Player6 has 9c Th 9h Jd 8s: a pair of nines.
*So Player3 was holding J4, and flopped two pair. Player6 only had second high pair,
he had no business being in this hand. He was simply trying to buy the pot.
Player6, however, was the player that bet me out of the pot. But the fact that there
were two players staying in this hand, and betting at it, I figured that the odds of
my hand being the best were not good. So, laying down the pair of Jacks, King kicker
was the right move.
Do not be stubborn with your hands. Do not be "married" to your hand. You have to be able
to let it go. Experience will help teach this - as you understand more of the game,
gain knowledge of the particular players at your table, and give consideration to the pot odds, the
decisions will come easier.
Perhaps the play I should have made a was a pre-flop raise. My raise may have folded
Player3 who was holding the winning hand - J4. Be sure to check out the essay on Pre-flop Raising
for more insights.
Hand #608861-3150 Summary:
$2 is raked from a pot of $60.80.
Player3 wins $58.80 with two pair, jacks and fours.