Now that we have discussed the pre-flop strategy, we focus our attention on the post-flop strategy. However, before going further, I would like to talk to you about something in particular... the post-flop game is really situational. I will try to highlight some general information that you can use to guide you when playing post-flop. But the key to play the post-flop successfully is to combine these different General depending on the adversaries against which you play and readings of their game (dots that I will cover in my next articles). For now, I'll cover 3 points in this lesson:
- Read the board and assess the strength of your hand.
- The texture of the flop. Put your opponent on a possible draw.
- Determine your response; the size of the updates compared to the strength of your hand and the hand that your opponent is likely to have.
Read the board
As discussed in the lesson on the pre-flop, the following comments are guidelines to help you guide your game. I'll point out situations that may deviate from the basic strategy in an upcoming lesson. But for now, follow this strategy.
Since the sitNgo at a table are a story of survival, it is important to focus especially on the flop. You must decide quickly whether the flop is appropriate for you, according to your hand. If Yes, your attention should be directed to the size of the updates. If not, your goal is you remove the hand not tokens unnecessarily losing. I use a simple system of evaluation of the flop (FIT). FIT is an acronym for what will follow in order to assess the quality of your hand on the flop.
- F = fantastic - you flop a set or better.
- I = interesting you flop top pair with a good kicker, 2 pairs, three of a kind, a solid straight or flush draw.
- T = Titanic-you flop top pair with a bad kicker, 2nd or 3rd pair or a bad straight or flush draw.
Fantasy flops are flops on which you should be aggressive with your bets. The goal is to build a pot as large as possible in order to remove as possible to your hand from quality.
Interesting flops must be approached with more caution. They often give strength medium-sized hands that may often not be the strongest hands even if they have a potential to be improved. It's really the basis of the post-flop strategy. The flop tells you if you continue or stop. It's really easy to make the right decision when you flop the nut flush, but when you flop 4 colours with possibility of flush to the Lady, it becomes a little more interesting. In General, you want to keep the pot small while you transform your average hand in a fantastic hand. Then, be aggressive and build a good pot.
The Titanic flops are flops that many players consider as good, but which can often sink you. Usually, you should checker and folder this kind of hands if you do face layoffs and in family pots especially. Again, your goal is to survive. You don't want to risk all your chips on a low hand that might get out you of the tournament.