How to Play Two Pairs in Draw

So, if we go through the hand, we see that the big blind put in a raise of 1/2 not more than that. Not 1/2 means you’re getting 2 to 1 on your money. In fact, the blind put in a raise of 1/2 because he wanted half the pot. Why? Because a raise of that size means he thinks his hand is the best hand.

Because the blind is acting last, he wants everyone to fold.

Play Two Pairs in Draw

He wants to get rid of the risk of an all-in from everyone. Lets do a little comparison to what happened in his position:

If three players call, you are the big blind. If one of the players raises, you are out of the hand, out of the chance for the big blind to win. You have to get things started with a small bet, something like 1/3 of the pot up to 2/5. Everyone folds to you, because you were first to act. What should you do?

  1. Unless you have a monster, you should fold.
  2. Unless you have a bluffable hand, you should fold.
  3. Even if you have a drawing hand, you should fold.
  4. Even if an ace or king comes on the flop, you should fold. Unless you totally catch your draw or think someone might have a pocket pair that’s not likely.

You should call the small bet on the flop. If you raised the big blind pre-flop, you should probably bet out on the flop. Don’t just give up.

If you caught some kind of draw on the flop, you should call to the river if the pot odds show you have a very good chance of winning.

Even if you think you have the worst hand ( Keeping your ego in check and playing your odds correctly), you should call to some extent or throw away your hand and be happy that you have the money in the pot.

Calling station, take note:

Play Two Pairs in Draw

  • Even if you are drawing dead, you are in the right to continue betting, because you have other players in the hand who might have a better hand than you. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to raise your bet or to give up on a hand that is drawing very strongly against you.
  • Some players make the mistake of waiting for a card and then calling a bet in the hope of hitting a flush on the river. However, if you have any kind of hand, you should bet. You have just as much of a chance to win as anyone else in the game.
  • Another typical mistake with playing online is to over bet. If you have a good hand, you should bet it. Certainly, there are times when you will want to check, but if you have a good hand and others are in the hand, you should raise by betting. As one example, if you have pocket Q’s and everyone else has done so, raise to $30 on the flop and $40 on the turn. As it turned out, I only won the $30 pot, but it served my purpose of getting the most out of my Q’s.
  • If you raise, and someone re-raises, consider that you may be behind, and call if you still have cards worth chasing. You should rarely have to call adding to your original pot in late position. If you implied that you have a set by raising, and someone re-raises you, you should consider throwing away the hand. Be conservative about your calls and raises and make sure the others will pay you off to steal the blinds.

As a general rule, if you have a good hand and someone else is betting, it is probably time to get out. If you have a good hand and no one is raising, you have a good chance of getting paid off on your monster. You want to win the small blind by having the best hand, and the best chance of doing that is to stay in as strong a position as you can. If you feel you have no choice, you can always fold, but you shouldn’t let anything stop you if you are getting the right pot odds to continue.