There is a problem in the play of many low and medium-limit poker players – lack of knowledge is a risky thing. They see other players raising with high pairs on third street . They tend to raise every time. And they are not aware why they are doing it.
Many players who have a high pair on third street always limp in that is they just call, expecting to keep other players in. It is wrong. The more players drawing against your high pair the higher the chances if your been outdrawn.
Top pair is a favorite against a single straight or flush draw!
Therefore your third-street raise with a top pair is for protection. You want to limit the field and play against one rival with a smaller pair or a drawing hand. You wouldn't be bad off if you had one of each.
Admonition : Before you go charging into a pot raising your big pair with chips spreading the table, wait and look – especially if you have tens or jacks. You are looking to your left for players with overcards.
If you are about to raise with a pair of jacks, especially if they are split (one is down and the other is your upcard) check first to see how many overcards there are behind you (to your left) yet to act. If there are two or more, you suggest just limping in. If one of the overcards raises, you can call if your jacks are hidden (both of them are in your down-cards) and live (no other jacks are showing on the table) and if your kicker is higher than the raiser's door-card (his first up-card).
With only one overcard behind you, go ahead and raise
If you are re-raised by an overcard, you can call only if your jacks are hidden and live, and your kicker is bigger than the raiser's probable pair. The purpose is to avoid playing your pair straight-up against a bigger pair. But you should take off a card if all your cards are live and your kicker is an overcard to his announced pair.
Playing a smaller pair against a bigger pair makes you an underdog. So why do it? You should do it if your pair is hidden. If you pair is split then you should not play it. What is the difference? If your pair is split, your rivals will see the improvement when you catch the third jack and can easily read your hand. You will profit less. But if the pair is face down, your power is hidden when you catch the third jack. Calling the raise costs the same in each case, but the implication at the start is that you will make more money with the hidden hand.
Earlier we talked about looking to your left for overcards before raising at third-street. There is a warning for low-limit players, $1-$5 and under: You should check to the right also. Be careful of any overcards that have not raised. In these low and medium limit poker games players are not aware that they should be defending their big pairs.
An ace or a king which has just limped in doesn't mean that he doesn't have a pair of that rank
Players often limp in the big games with a big pair as a means of setting a trap. In the small games, they limp in with no particular strategy in mind. But the consequences can be the same. Therefore don't trap yourself into discounting the possibility that a player to your right holds a top pair because he didn't raise on third street .
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