Anyone who has seen any of my videos at DragTheBar knows that I continually preach the importance of having a plan for the hand. I learned this concept primarily by watching the videos of world class players like Leatherass9
So what does having a plan for the hand actually mean?
It means that you formulate a course of action, usually on the flop, for the entire hand. And you absolutely stick to that plan, barring ridiculous turn and river cards, that completely change the complexion of the board. The two most important things to consider before determining your plan of action are the villain's stack size and player type.
Here is a hand that I played today which illustrates this point.
- BTN is a 33/27/5 loose aggressive
- Check/call all 3 streets, again barring a ridiculous run out of turn and river cards.
If I cbet, this LAG villain is likely to either raise me (which puts me in a difficult spot out of position) or fold and I get nothing further from him. However, if I check he is very likely to stab at the pot with any two cards. And he will probably keep up the charade on future streets because that is what loose aggressive players do. I know this and will have to call on some ugly turn and river cards.
Poker Stars, $0.01/$0.02 NL Hold'em Cash Game, 5 Players
Hero (CO): $5
Pre-Flop: J A dealt to Hero (CO)
UTG folds, Hero raises to $0.06, BTN calls $0.06, 2 folds
Flop: ($0.15) J 4 5 (2 Players)
Hero checks, BTN bets $0.10, Hero calls $0.10
Turn: ($0.35) T (2 Players)
Hero checks, BTN checks
River: ($0.35) 5 (2 Players)
Hero bets $0.16, BTN calls $0.16
Results: $0.67 Pot ($0.03 Rake)
Hero showed J A and WON $0.64 (+$0.32 NET)
BTN mucked Q T and LOST (-$0.32 NET)
The hand didn't play out completely according to plan and I should have bet a bit more on the river. But I think I still managed to get the maximum out of him while keeping the pot at a manageable size out of position.
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