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The dangers of playing big pots when your hand could be dominated

What is the recommended way of playing the nuts in flop like a straight or even quads? Aggressively!  Too many players try to slowplay their hand in this spot.  Just take the below example from a high stakes game involving poker pro's Dan Smith and Oscar NG in a $257,000 pot.  And what about if you are on the other side of the coin...the losing side?  How should you approach big hands (AA-1010) on scary looking flops?  Hopefully not like Dan Smith did in this next example.

                                                         OSCAR NG



Key note: Oscar NG is not new to Poker by any means having played in Las Vegas, Los    Angeles, and predominantly Macau, but he is very new to the wider poker audience (Poker Central (.com) )



                                                                          DAN SMITH



Key note: Dan Smith has won many poker titles during his career, including a World Poker title and a championship event at the Aussie millions.

In the High Stakes Poker game Dan Smith raised from early-mid position with two black tens

10 ♠️ 10 ♣️ to $7,000 and Oscar NG called the relatively small raise from the big blind with

8 ♣️ 7 💎 before flopping the absolute nuts with a rainbow flop of 6 ♠️ 4 ♥️ 5 💎. 


Smith made a continuation bet of $10,000 on the flop and Oscar merely called.

The turn came Q ♠️ Dan checked this time and I liked Oscar's play here as he continued to build a big pot with a relatively smallish raise of $14,000 which was called.

To Dan Smith's ultimate doom he hit a set on the river when the 10 of ♥️ arrived and that was curtains for the remainder of his stack!

This is evidence for not overplaying your hand, even if that hand is aces or kings. Always take care on a coordinated flop and try to work out whether your opponent is a tight player or a loose player. That river card really was a killer card for Dan Smith and he was rather unlucky here. Ofcourse in hindsight, It's easy to watch and tell him to fold especially when you can see what cards all the players are holding.


But should Dan Smith have played this hand better?  Especially for $100,000 plus pot.  I know ...I know...hindsight and all that.  Okay perhaps we can learn a lesson from this hand regardless of how he should have played.

##Watch the video:

To help us let us look at what the general danger hands are in certain situations in No Limit Hold'em strategy and why.


                                        According to 888 poker

1. A-K: MAIN DANGER! under playing pre-flop and overplaying post flop


2. K-Q: MAIN DANGER! Making top pair and playing a big pot when your hand can't be good.

3. Ace rag: MAIN DANGER! Playing the hand because it's an ace

4. SUITED CONNECTORS: MAIN DANGER! Paying too much preflop and getting lost postflop

5.  J-J: MAIN DANGER! Playing a big pot when dominated

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I have been playing poker for about 15 years. I play online currently and I've played poker in casinos, card rooms, local games and with friends. I play NL hold'em tournaments and cash games and can also play Pot Limit Omaha, a game I also love.
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Vetal user
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I hate when I catch a set on the river and get trapped, I just don't have a chance to fold.

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Maroonfish user
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It's happened to me rarely but agree very tough to get away from you 👍

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