NLHE 6-max: The Flop (1)

Now that we have obeyed rule no. 1 of shorthanded play, "No limping!", and have raised pre-flop, we must now be clear on a handful of very important factors that have considerable influence on the post-flop game:

 

1. The strength of our own hand:

  • Top pair (top kicker, weak kicker, no kicker)
  • Strong draw (straight + flush draw, pair + draw, plain draw)
  • Strong made hand (top two pair, set, straight, flush, full house)
The main question here is:

is our hand strong enough for us to play a big pot on this kind of flop? Or should we rather keep the pot small because the board is too dangerous for our hand?

2. The structure of the board should provide us with answers to the following questions

  • Do we have to protect a made hand from draws?  
  • Do we have a (good) draw and can we play it aggressively as a semi-bluff?
  • Does the board contain good cards that would make a bluff credible?
3. As always, position also plays a very important role:
  • Should we use our position for good semi-bluffs or even for pure bluffs?  
  • Should we use our position to get as much money as possible into the pot to get paid off on our good hands?
4. Depending on the type of opponent we must ask ourselves the following:
  • Is the opponent passive, and...