Representing a Jack
Here is another hand that almost never fails in no-limit Hold'em. You have always to consider your opponent. You have to get inside his head. You need to know the guy that you pulling this on, he’s a good player and he’s thinking along the same lines that you’re thinking. You also have to be behind him and let him act first.
So, he’s raising and you call him.
Here comes the flop right here:
and he bets which usually the guy who raised the pot preflop will lead and bet at the pot. So, this guy leads off and bets at the pot.
You don’t raise him, you just call him. Now, actually here is his hand: he’s got an Ace, King (
), perhaps he may have a big pair here, it still usually works. And here’s your hand
. You got nothing.
But when he bets and you call him, he immediately thinks: “He probably got a Jack and he just waits for me to come home”
And, regardless what comes if he checks you bet at this pot and even if he’s got AA or KK he usually will call you there but when the last card comes and you make a real big big bet almost invariably he’ll fold. Again, you have to be aware of who you play against. It goes back playing against people. If this guy is a good player, he’s thinking along same lines I just described, this play works 95% of the time. At least 95%
The secret there is the call on the flop.
You can’t rise because he may get suspicious. If you do have a Jack here and raise, is a good play because he is suspicious and he thinks “He’s trying to pick this pot up off me” But if you just call him, I mean, warning bells are going on in his head. You can almost see them. What you’re doing here, you actually with absolutely nothing, basically, you just setting-up the bluff by using this round to establish the fact that you’ll able to bluff on the next round.
It doesn’t matter what two cards you’ve got. This goes back to playing your people instead your cards. This guy just can’t help to think that I’ve got a Jack here. There’s no draw out there, I don’t have a big pair or I would’ve raise him preflop. So, he says: “What is he got? - He’s got a Jack because I bet and he called me”
This play will work. Just try it.
This are some of the most sophisticated plays in Hold’em but you don’t want to be trying them against the suckers. No, You don’t try them against amateurs. This are sophisticated plays against good players. Because if the players don’t understand what you’re trying to convey you just wasting your time and wasting your money. You can’t make a sophisticated play against an unsophisticated player. Always remember that.