Poker Strategy: What Would you Do?

One of the secrets to becoming a successful poker player is knowing what decision to make and when to make it.

This post gives 10 example hands pre-flop, have a look at the image provided and decide on the decision you would make – then compare it with our answer which is provided below.

Over the years, we at Gamblers Pro have found this to be an excellent exercise for new poker players so we hope you enjoy it and make the right ‘call’. And no cheating! Make your own decision before checking our answer!

Exercise 1

Ex 1

 

Answer:

Raise –  the big blind. Lots of other players still to bet so a raise is in order to thin them out. A small raise will scare a few off but you might also get a few bites. A big raise will worry most players. Therefore, small raise it if you want to make the pot bigger, big raise if you want to take what’s on the table.

 

Exercise 2

fold – call or raise?

Ex 2 (27o)

 

Answer:

Fold – you’re holding shit! Worst hand possible – dump it quicker than a partner who has cheated on you!

 

Exercise 3

check – raise or fold?

ex 3

 

Answer:

Check – you are the big blind and as no one has raised you get the chance to see the flop. Never know, you might get lucky and a pair of 7s and a 2 drops out.

 

Exercise 4

fold – call or raise?

Ex 4

 

Answer:

Fold – looks half decent holding suited connectors but your table position means there are too many other players yet to bet. Ask yourself, if I called and then Jack next to me raises, and Jill then to him re-raises and so on, by the time it comes back to you have to put in another $10, would you still be willing to play? Thought not – so fold at the start.

 

Exercise 5

fold – call or raise?

Ex. 5

 

Answer:

Call – you have good table position and as no one has raised the big blind it is worth testing the water and seeing what the flop holds – always pay attention to your position at the table!

 

Exercise 6

check – raise or fold?

ex 6 copy

 

Answer:

Check – don’t be fooled by seeing a picture card in front of you – this hand is about as weak as a cup of tea using Safeway Savers teabags. Nevertheless, as no one has raised your big blind – take a opportunity to peek behind the curtain and see what the flop delivers – again you might get LUCKY.

 

Exercise 7

fold – call or raise?

ex 7

 

Answer:

Call – looks strong but again you are in early position. At this point a pair of 2s is beating you. See what the other do and then assess again if there is a raise.

 

Exercise 8

fold – call or raise?

ex 8.jpg

 

Answer:

Call – Another iffy hand in early position and one you probably wouldn’t want to go all in with so just call it and see how the betting goes as it moves around the table.

 

Exercise 9

fold – call or raise?

ex 9

 

Answer:

Fold – Really? YES! Not suited, not even got an ace and any pair beats you. Too risky to enter this pot. Remember, keep things tight when you don’t have the cards you want and/or you are in the wrong seat (table position).

 

Exercise 10

fold – call or raise?

ex 10

 

Answer:

Fold – Again, too many players could come to this party. Your best chance of a decent hand is a flush and you are only holding the Queen – bin it and move on!

So, how did you do? The main focus of the exercise is to remember your table position and how the strength and value of your hole cards change according to that position. You might think that some of our decisions are a little too tight but that’s what separates the wheat from the chaff over the long haul.

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