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After the Flop

Reading the Flop

The flop is one of the key moments in any poker hand. From this point you have a full poker hand - ie, five cards are now available to you - and you can act accordingly. 

We can separate hands at this stage into four categories.
  • VERY STRONG HANDS: flushes, straights, sets, and two pairs or better.
  • STRONG HANDS: over pairs and top pair, top kicker.
  • MEDIOCRE HANDS: any pair lower than top pair, top kicker is considered a mediocre hand.
  • TRASH: Anything else. 

Playing Made Hands

You've hit a monster, now make sure you get paid off...

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