There’s been a lot of online chatter about a monster fold recently made by former WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem. Some even consider Hachem’s play to be one of the worst laydowns in poker history.
The squeeze play has been around poker for a long time but I’ve seen many more players using it in recent years. What is the squeeze play? Well, it goes something like this.
The one hand that beginning and intermediate players misplay more often than others is K-Q. The hand looks powerful — one that would seemingly rank up there with starters like A-K and A-Q — but it isn’t in the same league as those premium cards.
Ask professional poker players which hole cards cause them the most difficulty and I would bet that more than half would say ace-queen. A-Q is a powerful starter, but the problem with it is that it matches up poorly against other premium hands.
Poker professionals pride themselves on their ability to make big laydowns. A big laydown is a situation where you actually have a strong hand but fear your opponent has an even stronger one. So, you decide to fold your cards.
I’m going to set up a No Limit Hold’em tournament scenario, and your job is to figure out the best play. After you’ve made your guess, I’ll reveal the answer along with the reasoning behind it.
Suited connectors like 5h-6h or 9s-10s can be fun to play, especially when you hit a big flop and make a straight or a flush. While these hands certainly have a lot of potential, you’ll need to be careful that you don’t bleed your stack to death by playing them […]
Calling is Cool
What you’re about to read goes against a strategy that’s often taught in poker literature which recommends a straight forward, all-out aggressive approach when playing in No Limit Hold’em tournaments.