Consider Stack Sizes When Deciding Whether to Play Speculative Hands

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Consider Stack Sizes When Deciding Whether to Play Speculative Hands
How do these starting hold’em hands look to you? In particular, how do they look following an opponent’s opening raise preflop? Do you prefer to fold such “speculative” hands to raises, or are you more inclined to call (or raise) with them and see what the flop brings?

As a thinking poker player, you’re certainly considering several factors before answering such questions. Among other things, you take into account the position from which the raise is coming, your own position relative to the raiser (and others left to act), and the preflop raiser’s skill level and playing style, just to name a few.

Let’s say you weigh all of these factors and realize three-betting isn’t viable as an option, but it’s essentially 50-50 whether to call or fold with your speculative hand. By speculative hands we’ll include hands like small and middle pairs, suited connectors and one-gappers (and maybe two-gappers), suited aces with small kickers, and big unsuited connectors. What else is there to consider to help you decide? Read Full Content