Strategy for Texas Holdem Poker

"The Free Card"

The free card strategy for texas holdem poker is actually getting a discounted card. This is a tactic used when holding a drawing hand. This tactic is not advised in many situations and the main purpose for it's inclusion is so you will recognize when this play is being attempted by your opponents. At the end of this page are counter tactics to the free card. Poker Authors first to share this...

Using this Play

To attempt getting the free card a player needs to be in good position in relation to the button or last to act on the flop. It is best used when there is a bet from early position and a few players calling between. The free card play can now be done by raising with the intention of just checking on the turn, since players often check to a raising player on the next betting round.

Down Falls

Notice that the free card strategy in texas holdem is actually a discount card. Bets are usually smaller on the flop compared to the turn in both
no limit and limit holdem. And since it costs two bets on the flop instead of one, it is a discount card.

Downfalls to any free card attempts include that there is no guarantee that a player will not be raised again which actually increases the cost. Another problem is you do not want to go for a free card when it could potentially drive away players that have not called the first bet. Losing these players will lower pot odds and implied odds for your draw.

Texas Holdem Strategies for Countering a Free Card Attempt

Countering a free card attempt is super easy. If you suspect a player is trying for a free card and your hand is strong enough, just go ahead and reraise on the flop. Many players will make the mistake of trying to slow play here and check raise on the turn. Then fail when a player takes the free card. This is why a reraise is correct.

If your hand is strong but you are not sure whether the player is going for a free card or has a bigger hand and you want to be cautious. Just call on the flop and then bet again on the turn and there will be no free card.

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