Online Poker Guru Tips
 
When you're trying to decide whether or not to bet your hand and worry about making a mistake, you should keep in mind one very important principle - a mistake that costs you the pot is a catastrophe, especially if the pot has become relatively large, while a mistake that costs you one bet is not. When in doubt, make sure you don't make a mistake that costs you the pot. Checking and giving an opponent with a worse hand a free card may cost you the pot when he outdraws you. However, betting and getting called by a better hand costs you at most just that one bet. Thus, the only time to give free cards with the probable best hand is when your hand is so strong it is in little danger of being outdrawn and your deception sets up the likelihood of larger profits in future bets in comparison to what is currently in the pot.
 
Unsuited Big Cards from Late Position in Hold'em
 
There is an error in David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth's popular hold'em book, Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players (1999), that says that two big unsuited cards lose value in loose games. Nothing could be further from the truth. Regardless, this error has created a popular idea that two big unsuited cards shouldn't be played against multiple opponents. Far from it-you should be raising. At least from late position this is what you should be doing. However, the hands should probably be abandoned when one or more opponents have shown strength by raising from early or midposition.

They do tend to be tougher to play from early position in aggressive games. The danger when a player in front of you raises is domination from either this player or cold callers; it can be very costly to you when an Ace flops and you hold an Ace, Jack against someone else's Ace, Queen.
 
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