One of the best pre-flop combinations is hand pair. But in most cases, if after the release of the first 3 cards you do not have a three of a kind, then the pair loses its power. Collecting three is not an easy task. Another question is when a pair becomes pocketable, although it does not always lead to a victory. Let's take a look at several options for playing after the flop.
First of all, you must understand what type of opponents is preserved in the game. All participants in the game can be divided into three types. The first type is strong, the second is an answering machine, and the third is undefined. The strong and the answering machine, as a rule, are also divided into passive and aggressive. All aggressive players adhere to the tactics of regularly raising the previous bet, regardless of what cards are in their hands. A passive player, on the other hand, occasionally bluffs and generally they are negatively disposed to all kinds of risks. For example, an aggressive player constantly raises - in this case, there is no need to fold top pair. When a passive player bets big on the flop, you need to understand that your pair won't stand a chance of winning.
Let's say after you raise preflop, a passive player thinks to attack. Then you will need to slow down with an overpair in hand. It is recommended to level the previous rate first. If on the turn the opponent raises the rates further, you need to transfer the game to a fold.
The game with a strong player will be completely different. Consider this situation. The opponent, having determined your cards, will continue to raise rates with large parts of his own stack. But you should know that a strong player can bluff. Having an overpair on the flop can raise the bet. The aggressive player, in turn, will play the pass. If he had a stronger hand than yours, he would have handled you preflop. If you come across a strong opponent who plays passively and starts raising from the flop, it is recommended to fold the cards and wait for the next hand.
If your opponent is an undefined player, then before playing with him at high speeds, try to learn more about his tactics and playing style. It is not always possible to find out something about the player, in the same way, you may not be read. You should be extremely careful with this type of player. The correct answer to their aggressiveness is to pass the game.
A professional player with a good pocket pair can calmly fish out as much stack as possible from his opponent, sometimes forgetting about a pair of aces, which is not always winning. Sometimes even an inexperienced player, even with a successful game, puts everything on the line with only an overpair. Often this is where the game ends.
Another important factor is psychology. Only with her help have all the great players achieved success in poker - playing aggressively with a weak hand or coldly calling with a set in their hands.
In poker, you constantly need to pay attention to the cards on the table. When the river did not come up with the right card to close the draw, despite the fact that the opponent was always check-called, these circumstances will force him to bluff. This will be an advantage for us. In conclusion, it should be understood that a pocket pair is not at all such a powerful hand that other players can interrupt. Before you rush into battle with her, you should think about what this can lead to.
Good luck to all new poker players!