Your mind’s telling you fold. But your heart, your heart is telling you raise.
We don’t want to offend nobody, but there’s something that we must confess.
We don’t see nothing wrong with a little open raise with a weak hand every now and then, even if the solvers scream fold. And neither does PokerStars School’s resident professor Pete Clarke.
But when is it OK to open with hands you know deep down you shouldn’t be opening?
- When to open with hands you shouldn’t be opening
- The game theory of board texture: Part 3 – ace-high with flush draw
- Don’t forget! Sign up to the Blowout Series Freeroll
When to open with hands you shouldn’t be opening
“In cash, we are looking to slowly grind out a long-term edge by making lots of solid decisions. This definitely involves knowing what your base ranges are for opening the pot, reacting to 3-Bets, etc.” writes Clarke.
“But it is equally important to know when to deviate from these ranges. A lot of the money a winning player earns from late position will come from opening hands that are technically losing to play.”
The game theory of board texture: Part 3 – ace-high with flush draw
Clarke is back with Part 3 of his ‘Game theory of board texture’ series.
This time he’s focusing on ace-high flops with a flush draw. In his example, the board reads: A♥ 9♥ 4♠ .
“If a lot of your hands are ahead but vulnerable to hands which could hit six outs to improve, then you want to gobble up that fold equity by betting often,” writes Clarke.
Improve your ability to manoeuvre on different board textures and check out the link below.
Don’t forget! Sign up to the Blowout Series Freeroll
To mark the end of a difficult year and see 2020 out with a bang, PokerStars brings you the Blowout Series. Beginning December 27 and running until January 17, this grand celebration will see $60,000,000 in guaranteed prizes to play for.
At PokerStars School, we will once again be hosting freerolls to help you get in on the action.
We’re celebrating the Blowout Series with three special freeroll tournaments starting on December 26, where there will be over $20,000 in Blowout Series tickets up for grabs! Taking part won’t cost you a penny.
On Twitch and YouTube:
Nick “OP-Poker” Walsh and Pete Clarke are live every week on the PokerStars Twitch channel helping you all to improve your games.
Here are the boys’ current streaming times:
• Nick OP Poker on Thursdays from 5am-9am ET (10am-2pm GMT)
• Pete Clarke on Fridays 3am-7am ET (8am-12pm GMT)
Missed last week’s streams?
Fear not! You can catch up on them at the links below.
More from PokerStars School:
- When to pull the trigger on big bluffs
- Four Beginner Tournament Mistakes to Avoid
- Hand reading for beginners: Defining ranges
- A river decision: To raise or not to raise?
- When is your hand a bluff catcher?
- 4 bad reasons for playing a poker session
- What to do when the river ruins everything
- 4 bad reasons for checking your hand
- 3 common poker study pitfalls to avoid
- How to apply and avoid pressure when deep stacked
- When should you call for a chop?
- Inside the mind of a pro: How to exploit transparency
- The 3 steps to pulling off a big fold
- 4 online poker reads you can make on your opponents
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