MCU poker tip: Getting a free card by checking

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The universal concepts that govern anything usually are consistent. Poker is not different.

In all forms of stud, hold ’em and Omaha, you usually don’t want to give free cards to weak hands. And, consistent with that, you almost always want to get free cards when you hold weak hands.

Surrender

If you have a semi-hopeless hand that you’ll definitely surrender if your opponent bets, don’t check quickly when you’re first to act. It’s usually better to hesitate slightly.

Sophisticated opponents notice this, especially if you don’t seem to be acting. Often they’ll check after you and you’ll earn a free card.

Unexpected

This tiny tidbit of psychology can’t hurt, and it sometimes helps you stumble into an unexpected winning hand — a whole free pot, actually! — MC


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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mikecaro FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/caro.mike Known as the "Mad Genius of Poker," Mike Caro is generally regarded as today's foremost authority of poker strategy, psychology, and statistics. He is founder of Mike Caro University of Poker, Gaming, and Life Strategy (MCU). See full biography at Poker1.com.

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  1. Is it terrible to give a free card when you’re ahead if it’s the only conceivable way to make any more money?

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