Rick Rahim:I am Rick Rahim, Founder of The Executive Poker Tour, here with professional poker player, Rhett Butler, who plays on The Executive Poker Tour. We are here today talking to you about, how to play No Limit Texas Hold em and in this segment we have already had the flop in the round of betting, we are going to talk about the turn and the round of betting that comes along with the turn in poker, Rhett.
Rhett Butler:Okay Rick, we have both decided to check the hands after originally putting in six poker chips each, we are feeling each other out now the dealer is going to burn one card, and he is going to turn up, what we call the fourth card, or the turn card.
Rick Rahim:And this is sometimes called fourth street as well.
Rick Rahim:And it's a three of spades, now it's important to know texture on the board, Rhett and by texture we are really talking about what chance is there that these four cards are somehow coming together with either your hold cards or my hold cards or perhaps with themselves to make a much stronger hand, in this case we have a two, three and a four, so if somebody was holding an ace and a five, he would already have a straight, or if he was holding two diamonds, he would only need one more diamond to make a Flush Rhett Butler:Exactly, a lot of times, you are trying to figure out not so much what you have in your hand because you know, but you are trying to decide what your opponent would have called or raised with originally. So, this is a flop that normally when it help in original better unless he has a high pair, or maybe the ace king and diamonds ace, nine and diamonds, or he has a big draw.
Rick Rahim:So, in this case, you don't know what I have and I don't know what you have, although I do know that you raised, so you liked your hand before we saw any community cards and you know that I only called you rather than re-raising and you don't know if I am trapping you, or maybe I am weaker than you, or maybe I really have you crushed and I am just waiting for you to make a move or catch up.
Rhett Butler:It's true, in poker you have to know, really read your opponents as much as the cards, so I know that you are fairly aggressive player so you could call me with any two cards or somebody else, if I raise I might be afraid that they didn't put me on much of a hand but in this case I would check to you to see what you are at and I am assuming that you would lead out here, I have made in my mind and if you I didn't I would surprised.
Rick Rahim:So, it is important to note that you would have to act first because you are the player immediately to the left of the dealer button, which just represents whoever is dealing, now because we don't have a third person here, I am dealing for that person, but again remember, we are assuming that there is a dealer here, who would actually be dealing the cards since he is longer in the hand, you are the first player with cards in your hand --Rhett Butler:Exactly, the first cards to the left, that's in the hand.
Rick Rahim:So, by rule you must act first. So we are starting to see how position is a tremendous advantage because I have position on you, meaning that I have to, I have the luxury of making you act first, I have the benefit of getting information and having you in the position of having to kind of take a step or act first before I decide.
Rhett Butler: You get to see what happens, I have decided to check because right now I don't think I have the best hand, you got to determine if you want to take me off the hand or if you want to check, you are not sure what I have,Rick Rahim:Right, so, in the pre-flop betting, we know that you raised and I simply called but at that point I stated that I really felt I had the strongest hand, now, I seem to think that the board hasn't helped you or improved your hand because you have checked twice to me now and ordinarily I would say, well, since I thought I had the best hand going in and you haven't bet twice I think I still have the best hand, so I most likely would bet the hand here, I am going to bet a very small amount because I think I have the best hand and I don't think you are likely to improve and I want you to call here so that you put more money in the pot and I can win a bigger pot in the end. So, in this case I have bet four chips because I think I have the best hand and frankly I want Rhett to call and put more money in the pot because I think I am winning Rhett Butler:Now, in this situation, this is a hard play. I don't have a great hand, I don't have a trey, and I have over cards and I think Rick is making a play, why would he bet such a small amount so I would call the four chips in this spot just to see A, either to make a bluff of the river or maybe hit the one of my better over cards and try to win the pot.
Rick Rahim:So, basically Rhett, either you don't believe me or you think I might have a marginal hand and you think you might have a chance of catching up on the river.
Rhett Butler:Or, I might be able to bet enough to take you off your hand, Rick Rahim:So you might be setting me up for the bluff, so that's why you are pro, okay, we have seen the flop, we have seen the round of betting, in the next segment we will talk about the river and the round of betting that comes with the river, that's where the fireworks often happen in poker.