Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Checking On The End

Checking a hand at the end is one of the lessons that I have been learning as of late. And guess where I’m getting that information and for free? Give up? Well it’s cardplayer.com I’m not sure what you think of the his magazine and I don’t care (by the way, I think it’s the best of the poker magazines out). What they have is a daily hand you have to go through and guess what to do in your position. I really like this because they explain as to why you should bet on the end and why you shouldn’t.

I know to some of you this may sound simple. Yet, saving one bet or two (via the raise when you bet) is the best way to play your cards when you aren’t sure you have the best of it. For instance if a guy raises or bets until the flop…then on the turn he checks as you do…on the river he checks and you decide he must be weak so you bet out and he comes over the top. Now you have to go into the tank and think of calling the raise. Thus, I say in the situation where you aren’t sure you have the best hand on the river the best thing to do is check. If you check you are still getting the money for the win (if you have the losing hand that doesn’t cost you either). I know, I know, there are a lot of other factors to take into consideration, like was the guy Mr. Tight? How this guy has played past hands and so forth. But you might want to hit cardplayer daily after checking if your favorite bloggers have written something for the day.

I suppose this is just my thought process writing here and how I learn as I have said over and over.


At 12:32 PM, Blogger Maudie said...

I used to feel like such a wimp if I checked on the end, but have now adopted the mantra of "without the nuts" check - it's saved me some bets and I no longer feel like a wimp - lol.


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