The flop – the perfect time to look for information

If you are already a poker player, you probably already know the standard terms such as flop, turn and river. All three phases are very important and have a different meaning for the professional player. In this article, we’ll cover the flop and how to play it best.

You already know that, depending on the game, you generally only enter the game with strong hands before the flop. So you’re already on the safe side of preflop and can face the first hurdle of a poker game: the flop

It is ideal if you are involved in a game in which many players participate, who have no knowledge of starting hands and pay money into the pot with all imaginable cards. If you play against these players correctly after the flop you can earn a few dollars more and also prevent these players from getting their “magic card”.

A real example with opportunities and probabilities

Let’s say you have AKs (two hearts) before the flop and your opponent has 78 of different color. Below is a list of the probabilities of getting specific combinations:

Before the flop you are a 2: 1 favorite
The flop comes Q-2-9? They are a 3: 1 favorite
The flop comes A-6-2? They are a 15: 1 favorite

You should always look closely at the flop and be clear about whether you want to stay in the hand. If you have hit the flop (eg preflop AK an ace on the flop) you can stay calm in the hand and drive out as many opponents as possible by raising. If you miss the flop, simply discard your cards and wait for a new round.

The flop is the ideal time to gather information about your opponents! Since you decide whether it is profitable for you to continue playing, you should also try to find out how you stand. That’s why the flop is the ideal time to pay even less for raises and wagers than later. You should always use this opportunity to look for information.

On the flop, it is not that expensive and you can make a small bet to see how it stands. If you drop all your cards, you have the ideal case and strike the pot without much resistance. But if you encounter resistance, you should be aware of what players can hold in their hands.

If you are able to read players well, you have a huge advantage here on the flop. Take a look at the flop and find out what holds the others in your hand. Is a flush draw or a street on the flop possible? Could it be that an opponent hit his set?

If you answer these questions, you can use the low-stakes flop to find out what holds the opponent in your hand. If you know your previous game and you can put it on a certain stereotype, you also know whether a player with dominated hands remains in the hand or whether he continues to play with every imaginable card combination.

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