This free http://www.ridiculousfoodsociety.net/ article is about a hand I watched in a Sit-and-Go tournament I played in. One of the players was duped out, but then again so was I even though I wasn’t in the hand.
The moral of the story is that you need to know when to fold and to be very aware of the outs that exist in the hand else you may get crushed.
Here’s how and why:
A has As-Jd, calls 60
B has??-??, calls 60
Big blind and small blind joins (Pot 210)
Here A believes that his Ace is strong, so he continues his aggression:
Big blind and small blind check-fold
A bets 300
B calls 300
Because A fired out more than the pot, B is now getting less than 2-to-1 on a call, (1.7-1) which is the right price to call for a Straight or a Flush draw with two cards to come. A’s bet is just enough to drive out an incomplete hand. But because B is a bad player who will chase down draws, he calls.
The Five of Clubs came, and A, at this point, still has a strong hand, but has weakened. His Pair of Aces is good against what he believes should be a stray Flush draw. If he makes B continue, however, he might not be able to play his Pair. So A continues battering:
A bets 500
B calls 500
A Diamond came! Not a four-Flush. Of course A believes his Aces are good already, except if his opponent had A-K. So A tries a check-trap
B bets 1250
A calls all-in 1250
B reveals 8d-6d, wins the pot
How in the world did B have the Straight? When A saw three Clubs, he thought his opponent had, say, one Pair and one Clover which could materialize into a made Flush later. It didn’t, so A thought B’s all-in was because of the value of the small Pair B already had. He believed it will be only 8-x or less, so A called with what he thought was the best hand. It wasn’t.
The board was dangerous, but A miscalculated the danger. By focusing too much on the Flush, he didn’t realize that the Board was one card off a Straight (only a 6 is needed to topple him), and when only three Clubs came, he was lifted his fright of the Flush, but it made him recklessly disregard all other potential hands. The check was correct, but a fold would be better after that check.
And I, too, was duped. I thought B had a busted Flush, too. When B pushed A all-in, I, too, thought he was doing it with a pair and a busted Flush draw. It was with a Straight.
So what free Poker lessons can be taken from this hand?
One is to know when to fold. If the board’s one card off a Straight or Flush or any other big made hand, and a big bet is in front of you (which you reasonably believe is not a bluff), you should, more often than not, fold.
Two is to know which cards can crush you. All of them, not just some.
For A, during the Flop and the Turn, he realized that only Clubs can crush him. On the river, because there are only three Clubs (if B had the flush made, he would have moved all-in on the Turn, and A could have folded), A thinks he’s safe. He focused on the Clubs too much; he forgot the 6.
Of course it’s easy with hindsight and analysis, being aware of factors like all the available outs is a tough one if you’re new to poker (hell even if you’ve got some time tucked away) so for that reason it’s best to practice a lot in free poker games before you go off to online poker money games or live games and start throwing real money about. Even when you do progress I advise you to come back and play free online poker regularly in order to de-stress, make errors without loss and practice new ideas.