This is a discussion on How can you sniff out a set? Tired of getting taken! within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Is there a sure fire way of knowing that your opponent has flopped a set?
What are typical signs that you have seen in your experiences.
before the flop. a decent sized bet should get 2's - 7/8's to fold. You should look out for three bets, and hope you don't run into someone slow playing pocket kings or something (which you will inevitably run into)
Post flop, you should be cautious of 8's 9's and 10's, they often call a three bet without re-raising.
I don't however, think that you should alter your game heavily based on your experiences running into sets. Not everyone plays sets the same ways, it's impossible to know for sure what cards your opponent has. Often times you just have to hope you get lucky.
The short answer is no, which is why, sets are such powerfull hands. But it also does not matter, because you are going to flop just as many sets as your opponents, and then they are also going to lose a lot of money or chips to you, if they have a hand like top pair or an overpair. That being said there are times, where an overpair or top pair should be folded, and learning to identify these times is important. But it still does not mean, you wont lose any money or chips, when cooler situations happen like AK against 77 on A74 board.
Hello. I am a victim of the set mystery myself. To add to that,
pair shows on the board,
I have a pair making two pairs
A third card shows that gives me a set and a full house
I bet another does the same to the river
I lose because the other had a higher pair and a set, giving them a better hand.
I tend to take the small-ball approach pre-flop just in case there's a monster lurking. Since the only real source of information online is from our opponents table play I try to pot control and, if I was the preflop bet leader then I don't automatically make a c-bet after the flop. A set miner wants to get a good payoff when he hits the board. By forcing him to make the raise to get some serious chips in the pot I at least have a chance to evaluate. If the bet doesn't make sense based on the board then I will strongly lean towards a fold. If I was fortunate enough to have seen the other player play lots of hands I might have enough of a read to sharpen my thinking and make the right decision.