Reading Flops in Online Poker

November 24, 2010 - by mosesbet · Filed Under poker-strategy Leave a Comment 

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Flop Board Texture

Winning players understand that the majority of poker profits which are derived from beating the game is made post flop when you can better determine the strength of your hand to know if you are beat.

These decisions which a poker player has to make after the flop is one of the most important aspects to winning texas hold’em games. How you should play post flop is largely determined by the range of hands you put your opponent on, so you can know if that range beats your hand equity. The board texture plays a big role in determing what hands your opponent likely has. If your opponent is playing a fairly tight range of hands, you can know specifically what hands he likely has based on board texture. This information be be useful in determning how to play against that perceived range.

First of all, let’s understand exactly what we commonly refer to flop board texture. Board textures in texas hold’em describes the type of flop in comparison to what your opponent may have. In other words, you want to know how the flop hits your opponents range of hands. Reading board textures will enable you to know with a greater degree of accuracy when you should try bluffing when you have nothing yourself.

Generally, the flop board texture is described as being a “wet flop” or “dry flop”. This is a good way of describing the structure of the flop, to know if there are many potential draws out there, or to know if the board is paired. It also tells you if its a coordinated board with many cards close together and if there are many cards of the same suit.

To give you an example, a flop which comes K98 with two cards of the same suit, this would be considered a very wet flop, because there are many potential draws which are possible and the flop is fairly coordinated.

If you have a decent hand like top pair good kicker, after being the pre-flop aggressor, you really want to make sure that on on wet flops you protect your hand against drawing hands which will become winners on later streets when they hit. You want to give them incorrect odds to call so understanding the board texture when sizing your bets is crucial.

Dry boards or flops are the complete opposite of wet flops. For example, the flop T33 rainbow flop would be considered a very dry flop. The board is not coordinated, there are no draws. With dry flops, generally there will be 1 high card and 2 low cards. Flops with pairs are very flops since its unlikely to have your opponents range of hands.

If your opponent is betting strongly on a very wet flop, you have to think they have a pretty good hand because there are many hands which could call the bet, so it wouldn’t make sense to value bet unless they had a strong hand.

The key to winning at poker is reading different flop board textures and reading your opponents and putting them on a range of hands in all situations in the game especially on the flop. If your hand is strong enough to get to the river, make sure to have a big hand to showdown with in this situation.

If you are always mindful of the flop board texture, you will likely know what type of hands your opponent is calling with, and it will help you avoid making costly mistakes like bluffing at the wrong times.

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