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How to play a hand and win. (REVISED EDITION)

By: 13 Origin @ 16:42 (EDT) / 379 / Comment ( 0 )

In the previous edetion of this blog which has been deleted. I believe I did not give enough description in telling the story. Here is the hand along with what I look at before I make a choice in each hand I play. What I look at is contained in (     ). This is how I played the hand and why.

Pre Flop - Big blind is 150. Cards are dealt and I am on small blind with 75 on table. (I have a little over 3,000 in my stack.  I watch the table as players make their choices to fold or play. One player limps in from late position. The seat on the left of me is a sit out. I can see a flop holding suited cards Q2. 75 chips to see a flop and maybe win with a flush. Gaining 450 or more, or losing 75. I choose to take the gamble. Pot odds were nice and cheap.) I called.

Flop - 6 4 9. (Did my opponent hit? I have nothing.) I checked. He checked. (Now I gather the information from what he did. How much time before he checked? The knowledge he limped in. This really only gives me  two pieces of information. He hit or He's wanting to see the next card.) Either way I saw the turn for free.

Turn - Q. (I have paired and can make first move to gather information.) I bet. 1/3 of the 450. The player called. (I look at the time it took for him too call. Just a call and no raise? Does he have a Q and is being cautious? Or, Does he have nothing and likes the price to see another card? Or, does he have the set with a pocket pair? his call brings more questions. However with his previous betting during this hand, gave me a feeling the player had a Q. I don't know what they have, I only have a feeling.)

River - Now this card changed the hand which will be explained after I play out this card. Another 9 came giving a pair on the board. I bet 350, which was low on a 750 pot. This is where I made my mistake. The player called me and won Holding AQ off. A better kicker. (I gather his hand and the way he played it and found what I could have done to take the pot because of what I saw. Doubt.)

This right here is the way I could have played that hand differently after gathering the knowledge of his cards and how the entire hand played out. This I believe may have changed the outcome on the river if I would have seen it before the river came. Just a way to play this hand to win. This does not mean it will work for every hand.

I play my hands depending on the information I get at the table when playing a hand. Every hand is different. Every player has their own way. So I listen to what they tell me when sitting at the table, just not the words. It is hard to do, but I practice this every hand. Trying to listen while at the tables is one hard task. There are many which hide knowledge well. Others just give it away. I do my best to obtain what I can. So I can win or fold the hand

So here is how I see the hand could have won if played this way. There are many variations and this is for one hand out of more then I can count. Many perspectives. This is my perspective. This is how I should have played the board instead of my hand.

The river is where I could have made a move. I had no intention of trying to play a set. I could have played the set after the river because of the information gathered before that. When the 9 came it provided an oppurtunity to play a hand and win holding the loser of the two hands.

Now instead of betting on the river 350 which was very low. I should have checked to gather more information. Checking and allowing first move would have told me if I could pull of the set.

If this player threw out a weak bet on the river holding the same amount of chips as I in their stack. I would have been able to use the 9's and force a fold. I had a feeling he had a Q. I just didn't listen to my feeling. following the players bet I would then decide how to play it to win or fold. waiting for another hand.

Say player threw out 150 or even 300. The pot was not big and this was not what some call a Donk. I could have reraised depending on the bet because of the information I gathered and the  9 on the flop, I bet 150 on a Q turn after checking on the flop. remember all those question up above. Well I know this payer is asking questions as well. The big question is  "Who believes their hand is the winner?" I find it hard myself to judge if my hand is better.

The 9 on the river made me look at the set. Not to play it, But, Does he have it? I know this person sees the same cards as me and may be asking the same exact questions as I. Telling me the answer they believe from the information they gathered on me. After seeing his hand I realized  a way to play the board and the players own perspective of the hand.

My play on the river could have changed the hand. I learned this from the hand. Like I said above. This gathering of information makes every hand unique. So I play the hand and try to listen. This then gives me a choice of Win or fold. Trust me, I know this cannot work on every hand. But, information shows how to win a hand or fold no matter what hand is being played.

My point to this is well a lot more simple then How long it took to get to the end of this long sentence. LOL. I only wished to show how important information is at the tables. I am sorry for any misleading information I provided in the first blog. To those that read it, I wrote this because of your comments. They made me re-read my blog. I saw my information and setting for the story was, well...... NOT THERE! LOL Nor were my thoughts. HEHE!

I hope this helps all to  see the story instead of just reading it. I mostly just learned how to use all information in a hand as one. This makes a choice based on perspective and belief eaiser to swallow. I lost chips, big deal, I learned. Information doesn't come cheap. But, It sure does help to win chips.

Peace all and later.


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