Third Street ->> Big Pairs


Although it would be rare to be dealt rolled up trips in online poker, you would often find yourself having a good pair (10s or better) at the beginning.

A good pair would always be a good starting hand, especially if your pair was to be hidden, because that would prevent your opponents from knowing the real strength of your hand right away. A hidden pair could also aid you as the betting rounds were in progress.

When Peter had first started playing poker, he had automatically assumed that when he had had a good pair on the third street, raising had been the right move.

If it had been a dollar to him, he used to make it two without thought; if it had been two to him, he used to make it four. Oftentimes this had been exactly the right move, but not always. Here are details of some examples.

Banging Away vs. Proceeding Cautiously

In poker, when should you have been banging away and when should you have been playing poker more cautiously? When you had been dealt a pair of tens or better, the first thing that you should have done, as with any hand, was to look out across the board to see what else was out there.

Your big pair would have been great, except it would have been worthless if the other two cards that you needed had already been dealt.

If one of your cards had been dealt, you would have wanted to limp in if your pair had been split cards, and raise if your pair had been in the hole.

You could have raised if your had been in the hole. You could have raised with a split pair at times, even if a card that you had needed to improve was gone, but you should have had a good kicker.

For instance, in the game of poker, suppose you would have had a pair of tens in the hole and an Ace on the board.

You had seen another ten but no other aces. In this situation, you should have raised – making those drawing and marginal poker hands think twice about sticking around.

You would have had a great kicker here so you could have been a bit more loose. Most of your opponents would have probably figured you for a pair of Aces.

When playing poker, if all your cards had been live, that would have been great. It would often be the case that the decision to have raised or limped in would come down to live cards.

If you would have had the same pair of tens and the ace kicker and both another ten and another ace would have been on the board, you should have just limped in, not raised.

At this point in poker, it would have showed the importance of live cards and the need to be aware of which cards had been live and which ones weren’t.

Another thing that you could have done when deciding whether to have raised or simply limped in with your big pair would have been to look to your left to see who was yet to bet.

You may have been feeling great about your pocket tens, but before you had raised, you should have checked to see what he other players had who had yet to play.

In poker, if you would have seen two or more cards that had been bigger than yours, you should have merely limped in.

If it were to be raised from the bring-in of a dollar to two dollars, then you could have very well gone ahead and called.

If it were to be re-raised, you would have had to think carefully about calling. The only time you should have called a re-raised in this situation, in poker, would have been when you would have had a large kicker and all of your cards had been live.