May 25,2007 00:00
Q: What should my strategy be when I get short-stacked and the blinds and antes are high?
- Newbie, Atlanta
Q: I read that I shouldn't talk during a hand. Is that true?
- Motormouth, Detroit
A: When you talk during a hand, you do it to disseminate incorrect information or to acquire information from your opponents. You have to be a very strong player when you talk in order not to give out more than you receive. My general advice is not to talk during the play of the hand. A very sharp player could pick up something from your conversation.
Q: In what kinds of situations should I be limping in with aces?
- Billy B., Dallas
A: Especially at an aggressive table that does a lot of raising, I would limp with aces and just have someone else raise and drive a lot of players back into me and then I can reraise and hopefully win a big pot.
Q: When do you slow down with aces?
- Tired of Losing, Las Vegas
A: When the flop is dangerous, especially when I think it has fallen near what my opponent is playing with. If I have aces and the flop comes J-10-9 with two of a suit, well, that's a real dangerous flop. A lot of the hands that my opponent could have been playing with could have hit that flop. You have to play carefully there.
Q: If I raise with A-K from the big blind and I get called and I miss the flop, should I bet first there to continue the bet?
- Flop-Happy, Memphis
A: I would continue because you showed strength to begin with. It does depend on the flop, though. If the flop came innocuous like J-4-2, I would definitely put out a continuation bet. If the flop came dangerously, though, like J-10-9 or Q-J-10, you have to be careful there because there is a good chance that flop hit your opponent because it is easy for a lot of cards to fit into that flop, so you really have to look at the texture of the flop to decide whether you should continue betting or not.
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