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Poker Basics – How to Bet Aggressively When Holding a Draw


Poker is a card game played by two or more players. It is normally played with a conventional 52-card deck, although some variations use different deck sizes and may include one or more wild cards (called jokers in some cases). The objective of the game is to win wagers by making the best five-card hand or convincing other players to fold.

The player to the dealer’s left starts by betting. Each player then has the opportunity to call, raise or fold. The person who has the highest ranked hand wins the pot – all of the bets placed in that round.

Once the initial betting round is complete the dealer puts three more cards face up on the table that everyone can use, called the flop. Then another round of betting takes place.

A common mistake that many new players make is to be too passive when they hold a good draw. They tend to check or call instead of raising when they should be doing both. This is especially true when they have premium opening hands like Ace-King or Ace-Queen. Instead, a beginner should bet aggressively when holding these types of cards and hope that their opponent will either fold to their semi-bluff or make their high hand by the river. If you play aggressively when you have a draw, you’ll find that you are much more profitable than if you simply call your opponent’s bets. This is why it is important to study the way that other players play and adjust accordingly.

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