Poker Strategy: Avoid THIS Common Trap in No Limit Hold’em

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‘Today’s hand comes from one of my readers Xavier who finds himself in an impossible spot on the river. The truth is that he brought it upon himself for a play that I see way to many amateurs and even professionals make. The good news is that all it takes is a simple adjustment and Xavier could have avoided this trap all together. Watch today’s video for more. When you’re done, let’s help each other out by leaving a comment with how you would have played the hand. What would be your poker strategy here? What would you do to avoid this trap in no limit hold’em?
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10 thoughts on “Poker Strategy: Avoid THIS Common Trap in No Limit Hold’em

  1. Thanks to everyone for participating in this experimental content. I see that people really like it so I'm going to continue next week. As for the results, and my thoughts.

    This is from the reader himself: "I ended up folding. I thought I couldn't beat anything there at all. She later told me she had a J too after I told her I folded a J to her. Not sure whether she didn't want to know that I made a good fold."

    My thoughts: I would call this All-In given that our range is capped at Jx and most opponents will shove a J here for value. There is a small chance our opponent could be bluffing as well, calling the turn with a 'plan'. For example if he has a straight draw, he may call the raise on the turn and planning on bluffing hearts on the river. The reasons above make me believe this hand is just too strong to fold.

    Appreciate your feedback. Let me know if you like this content and I'll continue to adjust it make it more valuable to you.

  2. This is a call.
    There are only a few hands that beat you.
    Any 5. Not likely but there is a chance he opened A5 suited.
    AA KK QQ all win.
    JJ is a chop.
    Kicker doesnt play. Easy call.
    Its most likely the guy opened an ace…but all big aces lose here except AJ which is a chop and the shove was a fold equity bluff.
    Poker players arent very smart sometimes.

  3. I may have played the same way, except I would have came back over top of him with a raise after he bet the river card. I wouldn't have put him on a 5 or j early, so I'm fairly sure a boat beats him. Now, he could have had a larger hole hand, I would took my chance he didn't.

  4. still learning and know this is old, but doesn't the fact that the opponent just called the check raise and didn't raise again signal a jack rather than on over pair?

  5. Hero is obviously the fish here. Calling an early position raise with this hand? Pass me the sardines

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