The following poker strategy should not be applied often. That would be dangerous. It must be the ideal situation. A lot will depend on the style of play of the other players in the game.

Out of Nowhere

You’re in the Cutoff and Under-the-Gun (UTG) raised, which has led to four calls. Now let’s assume you’re holding 54-off. You usually want to fold 54-off pre-flop. This hand will not make you money over the long haul. But this situation might present an opportunity.

The most obvious factor is that you will likely be getting pot odds, but this depends on the action of the players behind you. If they’re passive players, then you should be good to go. If they’re aggressive, then you should fold because you will have to fold to a re-raise and will have wasted chips.

Let’s pretend the players behind you are passive. This allows you to call without too much worry. Even if they do raise, you can consider calling if you know they’re passive because they will be giving away the strength of their hand with a 3-bet: AA, KK, QQ, and maybe AK or AQ-suited.

There is another key factor here. If UTG raised and there were several callers, then it’s very likely that the majority of those callers are holding big cards: Broadway cards. They could be all kinds of combinations. They might also hold a pocket pair, but the most likely scenario is that most of them are holding Broadway cards. If that’s the case, then they’re holding each other’s outs, which means there are fewer Broadway cards left in the deck. And if that’s the case, then there are more low cards in the deck, which are ready to hit the flop.

A third factor is that if you hit the flop with 54-off, there is no way in the universe that your opponents will see it coming, especially with that pre-flop action. Most of them won’t look at it like you did. They won’t see the reasoning for your play, which means it will be in disguise. This, in turn, will give you an opportunity you to scoop a big pot. Not only that, you will put your opponents on tilt – always a fun pastime. That tilt can pay dividends in upcoming hands, and it probably will.


Just by playing low cards in the right situation, you increased your odds of winning a big pot by looking at often overlooked factors while also giving yourself an opportunity to get your opponents on tilt, which can present longer-term rewards.

Tyler Nals

If you love poker, then you're in the right place. My poker strategy books are written for the beginner-intermediate player, and many readers have told me that these strategies have helped them turn a profit. My books are easy to understand and written from a macro perspective on how to win as a poker player. You will also find an entertainment angle. Regardless of what level poker player you are, you might enjoy A Fishy Poker Tournament, The Dark Side of the Felt, and The Poker Office. These are poker adventure books, not poker strategy books.

3 thoughts on “A Sneaky Poker Hand”

Y1nnud · July 17, 2017 at 7:29 PM

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    Tyler Nals · July 18, 2017 at 11:09 AM


    Yes, I have a Twitter account, but I don’t use it. I’m on Facebook more often, but I don’t post about my blog posts on there. If you choose that option, send a friend request. I think I have two spots open right now. There are two other options as well. You can sign up to the RSS feed for this site. That way you will be updated whenever I post. You can also read Poker Notes and/or Poker Blog, which provide more detailed information on poker. I also try to keep my books fun.

    As a side note, I’m currently working on the sequel for The Dark Side of the Felt. The Dark Side of the Felt is a poker adventure book that is loosely based on true events related to my underground poker experiences. The sequel is titled: A Darker Side of the Felt.

    Anyway, thanks for writing! Glad you’re enjoying.


poker indonesia online · July 18, 2017 at 12:02 PM

Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
It’s the little changes that make the greatest changes.
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