Your hole cards are more frequent when there is a Preflop raise

The Hold’em Algorithm’s point score for each situation represents the minimum hand value. This is based on the ranking of your greeting card; whether attached or not, matched, or connector; the number of opponents left to see the flop; and the types of players involved. In limit games, the raise before you is a double bet for you (more in a no-limit game). It would cost twice as many chips to see a flop, even if there wasn’t a raise back. Fold, unless your credit card is strong enough to warrant such a high investment.

As a corollary – and a warning, if you consistently keep seeing the flop more times than one of the four hands, your game is too loose. Fasten to be a winner. Resolved: But, don’t be too strict.

Your opponent will see if you rarely see failure. So they think you have to be very strict; and then, when you invest to see the flop, they are ready to fold all but their strongest hand. Moreover, when you open a bet from the initial position. With so many opponents folding their hands, you can only win a small pot. The cost of playing will quickly devour some of those chips – making you a loser.

Resolved: Don’t play the Hi-Lo game. The Hi-Lo start-hand consists of one high card (Ace down to 10) and one low card (7 down to 2). (The Hold’em algorithm will rate this as unplayable, so this resolution is a matter of convenience – there’s no need to add up your score.) However, I’ve seen so many players start with Ace-rag (and, often, King-rag).

If you pair your Ace, another player who also holds the Ace in the hole, almost certainly has the better kicker, making you second best – a loser. If you match your low card, even with your high kicker (Ace or King), it’s too easy for your opponent to make a higher pair.

Here’s hoping you have a great new year – and lots of big winners at the poker table.