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.

 

Pre-flop


We're holding :Jx:Jx 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.

Flop :Ah :7s :5c

                                        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. :Qx:Qx and :Kx:Kx, villain 2 could also fold :Ax with a small...