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A Question about the Starting Hands Guide - Sun Sep 16, 2012, 10:50 AM
HaryTradr's Avatar
Since: Jul 2012
Posts: 21
According to the Starting Hands Guide in the cash game course, when we have suited connectors for hole cards in blinds, we should fold when everybody folded but call when somebody called. When we think suited connectors are strong enough to play with someone holding speculative hands as they called, why shouldn't we raise to steal the pot when everybody folded?
Sun Sep 16, 2012, 11:01 AM
TrumpinJoe's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 4,557
Suited connectors are speculative hands. They must hit the flop twice to continue post flop. The more callers the better pot odds and the more likely you are that someone will hit a worse hand and pay you off.

Small to mid pairs are also speculative, i.e. implied odds, hands but they are better hidden that suited connectors as straight and flushes make for scary boards that reduce action.

Good decisions!
Sun Sep 16, 2012, 05:17 PM
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,817
Hi HaryTradr!

Especially in lower stakes games, stealing or bluffing is something that I don't want to be doing often, mostly because there are too many maniacs and calling stations that will never fold.

I want to play suited connectors in pots with lots of players where I can get in cheap. That way my hand is concealed and I can win a large pot if I hit.. or lose the minimum if I miss.

I don't want to be playing a speculative hand in a large pot... unless I know I have already hit a made hand.

John (JWK24)


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