Situation 1

The blinds are $10-$25. All the poker players including you are having $1000 chips at your table. You are sitting in the first position. You hold a hand


How will you play?

•  You can raise the pot at least three or four times the size of the blinds. That is when the blind is $10-$25 you can raise at least $75-$100. You also expect that if someone re-raises you can take the opportunity of going all in before the flop.

•  The other way is that you can call the minimum $25 big blind with the intention that your rivals will limp behind you, followed by a raiser who raises to $100, for example. If such thing happens you are in a position to re-raise them so as to get maximum number of chips in the pot before the flop.

Conclusion

For playing two aces, both are the correct ways. However, it is recommended to play the first option because you will be in a safer side of putting your chips at risk. After gaining much experience you can jump into the second option.

Situation 2

The blinds are $10-$25. You and all the players are having $1000 poker chips at your table. You are on the button. You hold a hand

The first player after the blind is Passive Peter who limps in for $25. Aggressive Arnold raises to $200 and everyone folds on the button. The two blinds and Passive Peter can act after you do before the flop.

How will play in such situation?

•  You can go all-in because aces are the best starting hand and perhaps the raiser might your call your raise.

•  You can re-raise to $400. The initial raise i.e. Passive Peter might call your re-raise and maybe even move in on you.

Conclusion

It is recommended to go with the second option. Both the blinds and Passive Peter might fold their hands. Action Arnold might call your raise. Heads-up against Arnold , there is a good chance of holding the best hand than in a multi-way pot. Don't forget that we need some action with our pocket aces.

Situation 3

The blinds are $10-$25. You and all the players sitting at the table are having $1000 chips but except for one who is having only $250. You are on the button. You hold a hand:

The first two players after the big blind each limp in for $25. Novice Noreen, who is short-stack, puts all her $250 chips.

How will you play your hand?

•  You can move all in so you can isolate the short stack.

•  You can raise to $500.

•  You can smooth call the $250.

Conclusion

Here in this situation the third option is the best way to play. There is no reason to knock out the other players out by re-raising since $250 is the large raise when the blinds are only $10 and $25. It is also better to call in the expectation that you can pick up one of the other players.

Situation 4

The blinds are $10-$25. All the players are having $1000 chips at the table except you, as you are having only $275 left in your stack. You are on the button. Authority Austin limps in for $25 and Reckless Ricky raises to $100. You hold a poker hand:


How will you play your hand?

•  You can smooth call hoping to get other players to come in.

•  You can move all-in.

Conclusion

Both the ways are correct. If you smooth call you will entice more players to enter the pot thus making the pot bigger. The raiser will bet the flop, because you are short on chips. The raiser could help defend your hand against the other players in the pot if he bets after the flop.

The second option is also correct because you are sure of getting called with a good chance of doubling up - and when you are short on chips you seek for opportunity to double up. The second option is better and safer than the first option because with fewer players in the pot after you have raised them out of it, the chances of winning are greater.

Playing Aces on the flop
Situation 5

Here the blinds are $10-$25. Every player is having $1000 chips. You are holding A ? A ? . You bring it in, from early poker position, for $100 which is four times the size of the big blinds. One player called the raise. There are two blinds ($10 and $25), your $100 and your rival's $100 in the pot which totals to $235.

The flop is

How will you play here?

There are three ways to play in such situations:

•  You can bet $300 intending for him to call.

•  You can move all in because you have the premium hand.

•  You can slow-play by checking so as to give your rival a chance to bet.

Conclusion

It is recommended to go with the option third. Your pocket aces is so strong that you want to give your rival a chance to bluff. You can give a chance to your rival by checking. If he also checks, then you can bet on fourth street no matter what card comes off. There can be danger with the pocket aces if your rival hit a straight on the turn or on the river.

Situation 6

The blinds are $10-$25. Every player is having $1000 chips. You are having A A. You bring it in, from first poker position, for $100 that is four times the size of the big blind. One player called the raise. There are two blinds ($10 and $25), your $100 and your rival's $100 in the pot which totals to $235.

The flop is



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