Limit Hold'em: Hand Analysis (5)

In this article of our series of example hands in limit hold'em, every hand is divided into four parts and every part is described precisely.

In this hand we have a pair of jacks, but we miss the flop completely and have to make a difficult decision.



We're holding on the button. Villain 1 raises in middle position. We re-raise here as recommended by the SHC. Villain 2 in the big blind calls, villain 1 also calls.

                                        Villain 1 raises.
                                        Hero 3-bets.
                                        Villain 2 calls.
                                        Villain 1 calls.


                                        Villain 2 checks.
                                        Villain 1 bets.

We have a very difficult decision here. Call, fold and raise are all good options:


The following are points in favour of calling:

  • We could have the best hand, but we can't be sure at all.
  • If we call we keep the pot small, on the turn we then make our decision how to continue the hand.

The following are points in favour of raising: 

  • Both villain 1 and villain 2 could fold better hands (e.g. and , villain 2 could also fold with a small kicker).
  • A raise gives us the greatest amount of information about the strength of our hand. If villain 2, for example, calls the raise, then we can be sure that he's holding at least an .

The following are points in favour of folding:

  • The bet made by villain 1 is a sign of great strength. Even if we have him beat, villain 2 also showed a lot of strength pre-flop. A hand such as or seems possible. All in all we will often be beaten here by at least one opponent.

All things considered, folding is probably the best option here because we're mostly beaten. Better hands seldom fold to a raise. Villain 1 is clearly representing an ace here.


                                       Hero folds.