There is a lot of debate on the “right way” to play small connecting cards. Some say that you should not play them at all, while others say you should. For the ones that say you should, they all have different ways to play them. The fact is, that it doesn’t matter what anyone says about the correct way to play these hands; because they are probably all wrong and right at the same time. There is no way to say how exactly to play any specific hand, because there are way too many variables in the game of poker.
The number one thing to think about when playing any hand at all in poker is that famous phrase that you have all heard. “Play the player, not the cards.” This is a great saying, and it makes a lot of sense when you are talking about a hand like small connecting cards, especially if you miss. If you are following that saying, then it doesn’t really matter if you hit or if you miss. You just need to know what your players are thinking and doing (the best that you can).
What to do if you miss?
This depends on a lot of different things. The number one thing to think about is your opponents. The only way you can possibly win with low connecting cards (if you miss) is to get your opponents to fold. This is something that cannot be forced; it just needs to be there. If any one or more of your opponents has a great hand then they are not going anywhere. In this case, a bluff is not an option unless you want to loose your stack and get laughed at. If you do, then by all means go for it. Since, you are probably trying to win money and not give it away; you may want to consider folding if you sense that your opponent has a strong hand. You shouldn’t have a lot at stake at this point with a hand like this anyways, so folding will not be very hard.
If you do have your reasons for thinking that you can get all of your opponents to fold this hand, then you could move into a bluff. If you are going to do this, and make it work then you need to do it. You cannot expect to make the bluff work on the first bet. You need to make your opponent believe you have a monster. You want to tell them a story with your bets- – a story that is telling them you have a great hand. The only way you can achieve this is by sticking to your story, which will take consistency. No matter what, if you decide you can get your opponents off of the hand you must stick to it not just on the flop but also in the next two rounds of betting as well. Keep playing strong, and eventually if you were right, they will fold; and you will still rake in a huge pot even though you missed with your low connecting cards.
The point is that you cannot force anything, or play any certain hand a specific way. It all depends on your opponents and what is going on in the hand. If you are in a hand with low connecting cards and you know your opponents have big cards (because of the information you gathered before the flop) and then big cards come up, then guess what? Your opponents all have good hands, and you should fold.
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