Free Poker Hand Guide – What is a Big Hand & How Do You Play It?
In this free poker guide we're going to reconstruct a hand, specifically in this article the poker hand know as the big hand. The reason why you need to know this is you will simply learn to play poker so much better when you understand the way different hands can play out. This can then be related to the context of play. You can start to get meaningful insight the motives of your opponents based on the cards, betting patterns, player profile types, stack sizes, pot size and other relevant factors. The result I hope is that you can play that type of hand better in the future and win more money! For this reconstruction lets look at the Big Hand. BLINDS 1,000/2,000 - (Pot 5,400) PREFLOP:  
  • A has Js-9s, calls 2,000
  • B has Ks-Kc, raises to 14,000
  • A calls 12,000 (Pot 33,400)
  A just initially calls, hoping that there will also be many callers because he has suited connectors and wants to get sufficient pot odds. B, meanwhile, may interpret the call from early position as A-A or Q-Q, and because he has a big stack (the two are the biggest stacks in the table) he can afford to raise a little bit, because if the other player reraises and he thinks the other one has A-A, he can fold. Also, K-K is a little bit unsafe if an Ace falls on the flop, so this may serve as a tester raise. A calls, because he has a big stack and can afford it. FLOP: Kh-9d-Kd  
  • A checks
  • B checks (Pot 33,400)
  Suddenly B has Quad satta king! A checks, because he has only a Nine, and can proceed carefully if B bets. B, hoping to conceal his unbeatable hand, checks too. Paired boards are generally good bluffing situations. For example, a 8-8-3 board is good for bluffing because on a, say, J-7-3 board, you will find three cards which can pair one of them, and a bluff will be less effective. But on the 8-8-3 board, bluffing has big benefits because there are only two cards which will conceivably help anyone, and also anyone there with a Three will be not as likely to call. (Only an Eight will do.) However with a board with bigger cards like our Flop, B might have bet, but after that, A will be less likely to put him on a bluff (and more likely on a made hand) because he may have, say, K-10, and we play big cards more than small ones. B doesn't want A to back out of the pot. So B just checks. Also, with two Diamonds B should check in the hope that A will put him on a flush draw so that if the flush doesn't come, A will bet or raise to push B away, and B can gain extra chips. TURN: Kh-9d-Kd-5h  
  • A checks
  • B bets 20,000
  • A raises to 70,000
  • B calls 50,000 (Pot 173,400)
  B still has invincible Quads, A still has Two-Pair. B could have now put A on the Nine or a draw, so B bets 20,000 so that A will call. But since during the flop B may have represented a Diamond flush draw in A's perspective, A raised to 70,000 so that B will move away. B just calls, since there are two draws already, and B might want to represent one of them again so that A will try another bluff on the river. RIVER: Kh-9d-Kd-5h-9h  
  • A checks
  • B moves all-in 106,000 (Pot 279,300)
  • A folds
  • B still has Quads, but A is now in trouble because he has a bottom Full House. A King can kill him.
  What A is hoping, though, is that B back-doored a Heart Flush and just check it along with him. But B moves all-in. That is a very intriguing move by B. A strong player would value-bet this (sat, 40,000 on a pot of 173,400) and A can just call it. It is OK to represent a Flush here, because the board is double-paired, which can destroy Flushes because the board is just one card off a Full House. So what I am thinking is: B moved all-in because (1) he wanted A to think that they have the same hand or that his hand is weaker, like a Flush. B's play on the Flop and the Turn was weak, so A might not have put B on a King but likely on the Flush draw we are talking about. B wants a call. B now hopes that A backdoored a Flush too and also that he thinks his all-in is just a bluff, but A is in trouble because of the sudden strong play. It was psychologically jarring. Did B hide that King or not? A may think that better hands could come later, so he folds. Also (2) B may not want a showdown; he did not want to show the two Kings; he wanted to trouble the minds of A and other opponents. If they saw how he played K-K it will be added information. He wants to keep them guessing. It is essential to play more unpredictably so you can gain chips later than to gain chips now, but be unable to get some later. I believe this is a brilliant reason.
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