Today, we will be discussing the ways that players can foolishly give up information at the poker table in a way that can cost them money. Most of the advice leans heavily toward live play, where there are a ton of sources of information available, but if you are prone to chatting at the virtual tables, the lessons largely carry over.
Not all hands are created equal, but if the right (or wrong) conditions come together, hands that would appear to be very different can actually be fairly equivalent. In poker, there are various «levels» of thinking. At Level 1, players focus on their own cards, without regards for their opponents' holdings. Hopefully, this is not you. Regardless, once we move to Level 2 and consider our opponent’s hand, the value of your hand can change significantly. If you are not careful, you can get married to a hand because of its seeming strength; but not appreciating the concept of hand equivalency can be a costly mistake.
You’re playing a 5 cash game with $10/$20 blinds with A9 in the small blind. You have bet all three streets out of position and on the river the board shows K10QJ6 with no flush possibilities. What should you do?View previous questions