One of the biggest pet peeves of mine especially playing poker is finding that my 3 or 4 bet raises are getting called just to see a flop and weak hands benefiting from it. It really got to a bother that I just started shoving with AK and AA just to see if they would be called. More times than not it would be called and I would be rewarded but there were quite a few times that these hands would just fall victim to a straight or a runner runner from flop to river or turn and then rive to provide me a harsh knockout. I was a bit disappointed in the results and decided to take off some time to analyze my approach better to see what I could do to improve the chances of not having that call.
After deliberating for some time, I came to the conclusion that really there was no way to improve that chance. It really comes down to the person to your left whether they would like the opportunity to play and out flop your hand or if they have a hand of their own and would like to see some action. With that in mind, I decided the only best approach is to put the opponent to the test on every part of the hand. If they would like to play, they are going to have to play.
More times than not, you can determine based on previous hands on their playing choice, if they choose to gamble with weaker aces and like smaller pocket pairs to give you the advantage. If you haven't been paying attention, you can quickly go by the previous hands using the show previous hand button and flip through the last few plays to decide where to go from there. So when it goes for your raises, determine the player first and take it from there; It will save a ton of chips that way.
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