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I believe in poker the way I believe in the American Dream. Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and – when played well, nourishes the wallet. ~Lou Krieger

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Weak opponents

When you are playing draws, there are three main types of players you need to consider. Probably the best way to play against really weak opponents is the passive style of playing, meaning that you just need to call, because this way you control the pot. This type of players fold very rarely i.e. top pairs will be enough to call or even to go all in. With this type of players your Fold Equity (the probability your opponent to fold) would be equal to zero and this is one of the most important reasons to place a bet or raise.

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Well, now let’s see what the types of the draw hands are and what should be the right approach to each of them. Let’s say that there are three main types of draw hands which differ greatly from each other and therefore they must be used in different ways.

Let’s call the first type “bad” draws. These are gutshot draws like ten of spades and Jack of diamonds with a flop of 7 of hearts, 8 of spades and any useless card or open ended straight with useless end of the flop with high chances of forming a high straight such as 7 of clubs and 8 of clubs with a flop of 9 of hearts, 10 of hearts and any useless card. If you have this type of hand, the best decision is to fold since the probability to form a good or the best combination is too low. Of course, there are exceptions but anyway, the best choice will be to get rid of these cards.

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Many players find it difficult when it comes to playing draw hands. The purpose of this article is to introduce some tactics which you can use in case you hold a draw. What is a draw hand – this is a hand that can be improved later in the game. The worst mistake that can be done during the pre –flop is to choose a wrong hand. Pocket cards like King of diamonds and Jack of spades may seem to you very promising at first but as a rule, it is to be fold. Since many people try to play these type of combinations (not suited broadways), they often end up with mediocre draws such as gutshots (with a gap in the middle) or open ended straights and then they don’t know how to play in this situation. Beginners should avoid such combinations at all.

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In case you are the last to play on the river, the situation, of course is much, much better. Your problems now are totally different. After your opponent’s check you evaluate your hand in order to decide is it suitable for increasing the pot size or to bluff. In case it is not, you should check. In case you believe that your hand is very strong comparing to the hand of your opponent, you should place a bet i.e. you should increase the pot size in the most classical waу of doing that.

If your opponent places a bet, try to evaluate again his hand but do not forget that there is a possibility of bluffing as well. Based on your analysis you should make your decision by answering the question: does your hand have enough chances for a call? It is important to know that even for the tightest players the probability of bluffing on the river is not more than 10 %!