This is a discussion on protecting your hand within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; what is hand protection. i hear it a lot when justifying a bet or raise. when i protect my hand am i trying to get
would say that protecting a hand would be when you have a top pair and flop comes wet type you have AK and the flop comes AJ9 being two cards of the same suit you must protect your hand with caution because the board threatens you more or less this..
Hello protect your hand is done in cases where your time at the table players are hardly equaling the big blind either because they do not come out good hands or because they do not want to risk losing more than necessary, then in These situations many tratn to raise 2 or 3 big blinds to steal your obligatory bet, in these cases you can raise your bet by placing it in a complicated situation that makes you bet more than half of your chips, or that you put it in a situation Of you or me going all in, in case you win the duel you will end up with a good stack of chips and better positioned at your table, but eye you must risk as long as you have a hand of category 1,2,3, or 4 , Of course this does not guarantee that we will win but gives a small advantage. I hope you serve luck on the tables.
I found quite nice definition of the protection on the wikipdia:
Protection in poker is a bet made with a strong but vulnerable hand, such as top pair when straight or flush draws are possible. The bet forces opponents with draws to either call with insufficient pot odds, or to fold, both of which are profitable for the betting player. By contrast, if he failed to protect his hand, another player could draw out on him at no cost, meaning he gets no value from his made hand.
A protection play differs from a bluff in that the bluff can win only when the opponent folds, while protection bet is made with a hand that is likely to win a showdown, but isn't strong enough for slow playing.
(there is more there, but this is essential I think)
But there is also quite interesting take on protection from Andrew Seidman in Easy Game (3rd edition) book:
Protection isn’t a word I use often so I’m not going to delve into it too thoroughly, but my quick take on protection is this: any time we have a hand worth protecting, we have a hand worth value-betting. Any time we have a hand we can’t value-bet, we don’t need to worry about protecting it. If the pot is extremely large and we’re betting for protection, we’re actually betting for thin value (or as a thin bluff) and, more significantly, to capitalize on dead money. In this respect, protection is not a reason for betting, but a consequence of it.
As a little background, Andrew says that there are only 2 reasons for betting: 1. value, 2. bluff (bluff here is folding incorrectly, so also fold when which had odds to call, not especially better hand). That is of course debatable, but it has some merits to think about protection, isolation etc. as side effect of value betting or bluffing, not as primary reason.
A bet for protection is a bet we make to force our opponent to abandon a hand with chances of winning, or to pay our bet when we are favorites to win.
In poker, it is important to know how to attack to protect your own hand. The best defense is attack. The attack is indispensable in the Poker to avoid the loss of money or of chips in a movement.
Absolute nuts you will have very rare. In most cases, you will have a ready hand, no matter what strength, and before you will face the problem that the opponent has outs for the best hand. You are ahead of now, but your opponent can "move on" with you. So, your goal should be to protect your hand. The principle is simple: you make so big a bet that your opponent does not get enough odds to call when he has outs.