Following up on my last column, here are some more no-limit hold’em tournament scenarios that pose the question, “What’s your best play?” You’ve probably been dealt hands like these in tournaments you’ve played in casinos or on the Internet. Take this short quiz and see how my answers compare with the way you would play the hands in the heat of battle.
- You are in the cutoff seat with the 10clubs 9clubs. Everybody has passed to you. The player on the button is fairly conservative, as are both players in the blinds. What is your best play? (A) Fold; (B) Call; (C) Raise
This is a good opportunity to try to steal the blinds. If someone reraises you, you know they probably have a strong hand and you can fold. If an opponent calls, you may out-flop him or possibly bluff him out of the pot on the flop, since you have superior position. The answer is (C).
- You have Bola88 pocket deuces on the button with two limpers already in the pot. You also limp (call the size of the big blind). The small blind calls and the big blind checks, so you’re able to see the flop cheaply. The flop comes down with the Khearts 7clubs 2diamonds. You have flopped bottom set. Both blinds check, and the first limper also checks. The second limper bets about half the size of the pot. Now, the action is up to you. What is your