We are about to go over some concepts that have been really misunderstood in the game of poker, and they still continue to be misunderstood to this day. The most misunderstood concept is way behind. Whenever the boards are dry, and your opponent has actually been crushed, or they have totally crushed you, a draw out actually doesn’t seem like it would take place. Let me give you an example to help you understand this. Let’s say there is an AK and the board stands at A22 and you don’t have a chance for a flush draw. You must think about the draw your opponent has. If you have one ace and four outs that would be a shot for you. Whenever you are winning, he will not have an ace, or the way he is drawing will become very slim.
On the flip side, if he is winning, it will take two outs in order for you to make a draw from him. If he has two AA, you will be in big time trouble and will be losing lots of your money because of it. If the situation is a WAWB, you should always try and fold or call and hardly ever raise. Don’t forget that your opponent might be bluffing. If you decide that you would like to raise him, it might make him fold and you don’t want that.
Let’s say that you know for a fact your opponent is winning or has a pretty good chance of winning, and he could win with a three of a kind. If your opponent is winning, you can forget trying to make him fold, because he won’t. If you knew that you were winning, would you fold? No. So, what you should do is just call the bet and see if he actually checks. Sometimes you must learn when to walk away and just fold if you know that you don’t stand a chance.
A lot of people will still misunderstand this concept, so it’s really important to try to understand it. I don’t actually believe in a lot of the theories out there that are centered on folding or raising. If you decide that you believe in them, the bottom line is that you must actually call in the end regardless of what’s going on at the time. Even though calling is something that a lot of players don’t like to do, it will still help. If you are new, and you feel uncomfortable doing this right away, try playing a little longer, so you can gain more experience first..
The reason why you should have more skills is that when you do this kind of strategy, otherwise known as the Way ahead and the way behind, it is only to make sure that your opponent stays behind you and that he must draw. If he has to draw, that is a good thing because he will be more than likely folding soon. With that in mind, try to bet the pot or increase it because if you can do that, you’ll more than likely be getting a big piece of the pie. In the end, the more you charge with draws, the more money you can actually gain.
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