Gambling on the flop in Texas Holdem
We love it when we can give you clear rules, but that just can’t be done when it comes to gambling on the flop in Texas Hold’em. That said, it’s not like there are no rules and there are definitely some tips and tricks you can pick up for when you are at the table.
In this Texas Hold’em guide, we are going to go over how you can classify the strength of your hand on the flop and what you should be doing with them when it comes down to gambling.
Gambling with a weak hand on the flop.
You hate to see it, but weak hands happen. If you don’t have any pairs or draw, then you should consider the following actions:
- Do not bet, raise or call.
- Do not make fancy plays.
- If the turn card doesn’t come free, fold.
There’s not much you can do when you have a weak hand and we know you want to bluff, but now is not the time for it. There is no reason to gamble with a weak hand and bluffing will only make you lose in the long run. Sure, you can get lucky and prove us wrong, but try it enough times and you will lose your money way more times than win.
You can’t win every hand in poker, so don’t try to make weak hands come through for you.
The difficulty of a mediocre hand on the flop.
At least if your hand is weak, you know where you stand and you can flop. When you wind up with a mediocre hand, it’s easy to not know what to do. Try your best to determine whether your hand is low-end mediocre or high-end mediocre.
A low-end hand might look like this:
- Middle pair.
- Low flush draw.
- Low straight draw.
- Top pair.
More often than not, it’s better to treat these kinds of hands as though they are weak.
A high-end hand might look like this:
- Top pair.
- Strong flush draw.
- Strong straight draw.
- Bottom two pair.
- Low three of a kind.
There is more that you can do here, especially if you are in a good position. If you feel like you have a good opportunity to win, then go ahead and make your bets like you normally would. Otherwise, folding is still a solid option here. These hands can hold some ground, but they are pale in comparison to a strong hand.
Whether your mediocre hand is in the low-end or high-end, the call of what you should do is never clear. It’s in these situations that experience makes the better calls. Once you have a good few feathers in your cap, you will start playing mediocre hands with more confidence.
Gambling with a strong hand on the flop.
Getting a strong hand always feels great and there is so much you can do. That said, don’t go wild and throw the rules out the window, this is the perfect time to win as much money as possible.
You are never going to build a big pot if all you do is check and call. What you want to do is make significant bets and raises to get your opponents to add their money to the pot. Don’t go too crazy with the betting though, remember this is gambling and you can still lose. Just keep strong and don’t slow the pot down.
Talking about keeping the pot going, there is one situation in which you may want to slow down. This is when you have the deck crippled and other gamblers at the table don’t have hands worth betting on. Lure them in with slower betting and surprise them all with your incredible hand.