In this article we’ll look at three types of pocket hands that should be dealt before the flop.
Which hands can cause serious problems?
#1 – The first two pairs of cards (same suit or different suits)
The initial notion is that this hand is solid, and it will provide an opportunity to increase the number of high-streets, among which will be a Broadway. With two cards of the same suit, there are many options to catch a higher flush with an ace. However, the presence of these cards often creates big problems after the flop cards open. So, on the flop, a jack fell out. At first glance it would seem nice, professional players often play the king-shaft or ace-shaft hands. Once in this situation, you will be under a lot of pressure.
On the flop, when the ten is the highest, the game will turn out not in your favor, catching the highest pair, you will lose a significant part of the stack. Waiting for the best poker combination (flush) is not the best way to play, because someone might get a strong flush combination, and you have the fourth highest pair.
Another option is bluffing, but that’s always a risk, so it’s better to wait out the best situation and go postflop.
#2 – Weak Pocket Pairs
Every player loves to set on low cards (2s to 5s). Such a combination gives you the opportunity for a good win. In fact, a weak pair rarely strengthens on the flop, which will create a tough situation.
Often with the first 3 cards, you will get a weak pair. Sometimes there will be a hole straight or straight on the boards, such as a four, five, and six, and that’s not a bad situation at all. You’ll be in constant danger of the straight falling out on you, but also on your opponent, who will be stronger. Here’s the situation, on the turn 7, your 3s become the lowest straight, which will be broken by any 8.
Suppose a player with a UTG on the preflop raises, and the other player of the hand draws. You’ve got the handed fours. How do you take advantage of them? It’s easier to drop them, because there’s very little chance of setmaining, and it’s not worth paying for. This is not a time to take any chances.
Sometimes there are situations where someone else has taken the flop in pursuit of a set and ended up finding it, like you did. He has sevens and eights, no outs for you. In the end, you will pay him. However, low pairs can do you some good, but that will be rare and the conditions will have to be right.
#3 – High-spread One-Handed Cards
These are cards such as:
- Q-2 and other variations.
If they were different suits, you would discard them immediately. However, single-suit cards are always a temptation that is hard to resist. For new players, the one-suit cards are an opportunity to hit the flop.
However, a late flop of these hands leads to a serious mistake. Winning with these cards without the same flush and 4-single-card flush is unrealistic. With these hands, you’ll have a top pair if an older king comes out on the flop. However, these 2-to-5 picks will get you nowhere. In this situation, you can’t even talk about winning a hand if you catch a weak pair, even with a strong kicker.
This article isn’t meant to convince you that these hands should be folded in all games. You should use them carefully, depending on the situation. Did one of the players make moves aggressively? Now, discard them, and you’re sure to get a chance to play again.