Third Street


Henceforth, the focus would be on how to play each hand and what is needed to keep in mind as the play progresses. Peter would always stress on ‘tight-aggressive’ play.

While the strategies could apply to any low-limit poker game, the instances given are from a game that had been a $2/4 betting structure.


You will be blessed with three-of-a-kind on your first three cards, every once in a great while by the great poker gods.

Do not plan on seeing this very frequently Peter had played a lot of hands and it had happened to him only a few times. Still, one must know how to play the hand properly when it does happen.

Several poker players would agree that this hand should be played at a slow pace. They trust there’s no possible way they could lose with it, and that they would certainly improve later.

The only reason they would play slowly is to deceive the opponents and give them time to imagine how big the pot that they’re going to win would become.

Playing this hand slowly wouldn’t always be the best strategy in poker. If you were to have three jacks or better, if it’s or better, it would be fine just to call before picking up the action and betting more strongly later on.

However, you would want to raise as much as possible right away if you have smaller sets of trips. Why? Because you would become very susceptible to being outdrawn.

Let’s say, you were to have three fours. Another poker player was to have a pair of fives and was to limp in for a buck, and on the fourth street he caught a third five.

Now, suddenly what had started out looking like a wonderful poker hand would be terrible. You would be an underdog, instead of being the favorite.

In poker, when you start out with a smaller set of trips, always raise – it would be better to win a small pot than to lose huge sums of money trying to win a large one.

Smaller sets of trips would be more trying to win than a large one. Smaller sets of trips would be more susceptible – when you would be holding them, one of your opponents would be all too likely to complete a larger three-of-a-kind in the course of playing poker.

One should try to force one’s opponents out before that was to happen.

Quick Guide….
…. To Trips on Third Street :

RISE if you think a lot of people will stay in, or if your trips are smaller (such as trip deuces).
Always re-raise if someone has already risen the betting. Bring it in for the full amount if you are first to act.

CALL if you have a big set of trips (tens or better). Don’t bang away until the later rounds.