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In this video, Randy reviews what to look for after the pre-flop to help determine the strength of your two cards complared to the flop. He rightly points out that a strong two card hand pre flop (such as AK or AQ) can become  very weak if the flop are all low cards and that you should never count on these high cards (or even AA) as guarateed  winning strong hands after the flop, the turn and river.  So many times, players with these pre-flops riskly bet heavy or all-in thinking they will clean up.




Randy  then reviews the heirarchy of hands from single pair, to two pair to trips, straights, flush and boats. He then explains each  level hand compaired to two possible flops to explain which may be better to creating a strong hand.   He also brings back the discussion of understanding  your "outs" in any hand you have when compared to the flop. The message being, the higher the number of outs, the better probability of hitting your hand the less chance your hand will be bettered by your opponent.


Randy  also rightly says that Hold'em is a game of getting total information and a piece of that puzzle is your position at the table too. He reminds new players that there are many pieces of information around you that you can draw on as you play each hand.


Anohter useful tool Randy introduces as a tool is an assumption. He suggests to start off your analysis of your position and strength of hand by assuming your opponent has top pair and to complare that information with what you are holding and what the flop shows.  Then, depending on what you are trying to hit, take into account the number of  "outs" you have in deciding the direction your hand is likely to go and therefore whether to  bet, push or fold.


In this video, though, I would  have like to have seen more discussion around similiarities. For example, if you are drawing to a flush or a straight, how can you determine if your opponent is doing the same. What to watch for....Things to be aware of..... etc.

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