Calling when a bad hand

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ONE of the biggest poker mistakes that inexperienced and poor players make is calling when they have bad hands. They think “Well I’ve got a Queen with a 7 so if I get a Queen on the flop I should be winning and if I get a Queen and a 7, I should definitely win” Stop dreaming guys. You will not win a big pot with a Queen and 7 very often.

OK you might if you get lucky.

By the way I’m only taking this hand as an example, there are dozens of equally bad hands that you should throw away to avoid major poker mistakes. If you are in early position with your Q 7 and you call, you have just about guaranteed that you’ve lost your money. What if somebody raises? Do you think that Q 7 is good enough?

If you’ve any sense then you fold, unless you have a read on the raiser and re-raise him to try and force him out of the hand, dangerous play though. But if you’re stubborn or curious and you need to get a look at the flop, anything other than a Queen and you are struggling big time.

The other guy has raised so the chances are he might have an Ace or King or a pair, he’s unlikely to have raised with a worse hand than you have. And if the flop is something like A 7 3, you would normally fold to any bet anyway. So stop calling with hands like Queen 7, or indeed Jack 5 or 10 8, especially in early position. If you play these hands when you are in the dealer position or the blinds then you have a chance to limp in and get lucky. So avoid big poker mistakes and fold your rubbish hands!

 

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