How to Handle Tough Hands
in Texas Holdem


In texas holdem there are many tough hands a player can find themselves in that are either a catch 22 or lose-lose situations. Ones that no matter what play is made it is either incorrect or borderline incorrect. There are also good hands that are very delicate and can cost a player money if incorrectly played. Like having one pair against multiple opponents.


A Bad Spot

This is a typical bad spot with a catch 22. I have QQ in early position. I raise preflop and get two callers. The flop comes A89. I am in an ugly position because of the ace. A bet is no good since so many players will play any ace. And checking is wrong since there is a chance I still have the best hand and will lose control if so.

So what do I do? The only thing I can do is pick the best of two bad options. And do it as cheaply as possible. The best way to handle these situations is to just avoid them whenever possible. Of course this does not mean folding two queens preflop. There are many difficult situations that can be avoided however.

For example playing a hand like A5 out of position. Calling a big raise preflop with a trouble hand or small pair. Having Bad position to a Raiser.


The Best Move

There is one correct move that can be made after any tough hand. Go over it again and see how it could have been avoided. If not, try and weigh the options you were left with and decide which was best. Next time the situation arises you will naturally make the best play. This could avoid someone spotting weakness and playing back at you when your hand is weak. And not make it too obvious when you're in a strong but vulnerable spot. This will also stop you from panicking and making a big mistake if there is pressure put on you in NL holdem. 


Here are some strategies for playing in or avoiding common Catch 22 situations found in No Limit Texas Holdem.
Post Flop
Betting with One Pair
Tough Hands on the River
Strong Hands with 1 or 2 Opponents
Pre-flop with Pocket Pairs
Aces and Kings
Queens and Jacks
Limping in with Big Pairs
Small Pairs
Useful Tips
Problem Hands to Avoid
Position to a Raiser
Online Poker Tells
More Options

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