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Mildly Difficult – Which Card Should You Play?

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Mildly Difficult – Which Card Should You Play?

Many players ask, “Which mildly difficult card should I play?” That’s a tough question. It’s not only asking the wrong question, but also, as the Q family would say, it’s misplacing the answer.

If you’re misplaying Kings, then by all means, lay them down. If you’re misplaying Queens, lay them down. It really doesn’t matter which ones you ruin. Both types of cards have the same value, and even if the flush hits one of them doesn’t mean the rest of the deck is going to help you or your opponent.

Low pairs are an easy way to lose chips. 22, 18, 17, anywhere from 12 to 16, you can muck these cards, and your weak hand is gone, exposed, and your opponent goes to the flop with aces.lay them down. Even if you hit the ace, you still have your original liability, and it hasn’t made it that difficult for your opponents to do jack tricks on you, especially if you have been playing a lot of hands where you aren’t allowed to do so.

Aces in the right position are an easy way to win big pots. You’re allowed to go to the flop with only one other player, if everyone else has folded, in which case you can discard the cards you wouldn’t want to touch. Then you can pick up the cards in the center of the table and the small and big blinds as well as the occasional late position raiser. Having all of these cards in your hand with the possibility of various cards on the board later in the hand is a hand worth holding onto.

However, you can win big pots only if you have the best hand at the moment. So, while you’re allowed to keep your pots nice and small by folding poor hands, you’re not allowed to do so without a very strong hand. The way to do this is to continuously bet. If you’re going to fold a hand, you should bet no more than one quarter of the pot on its value. This will protect you in case you’re called by a stronger hand.

Another danger of playing too many hands is the likelihood of your making subtle mistakes later on, once you’re involved in a hand for more than a few but not many others. This is what happens when you call a flop bet too often early in a hand. You’ll never have a strong hand if you never go to the flop, and you’ll always have a weak hand if you always draw to the flop. By keeping the pots small, you’ll be able to keep your opponents in the hand if you manage to chain a decent hand together with some crazy-looking calls. When you do get a very strong hand, you should keep most of the other players in the hand because they can catch hot cards if they’re lucky enough to be in the hand long enough.

There’s no doubt that you can win by playing tight and aggressive in the beginning, but you’ve got to set yourself up over a period of time. You’re not going to win every pot, so take your small gains and don’t get out of the mega88 too early. Sometimes a well-played tight game can end up with you losing a big pot, so see which playing method suits you best: tight, aggressive, full-table, or heads-up. That will allow you to win more frequently and have more personalized experiences than other players who just sit in a game.