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Chapter 12. Playing Practice Hands

Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player,

written by Barton M. Gratt,

 

Your Final Examination

Try playing these 26 hands. Most of them are very easy to play, you just Fold. When you understand all 26, then you are ready to play cards in a no-limit cash game, in a brick-and-mortar cardroom applying: Patience, Money Management, Game Selection and your very tight, selectively-aggressive Card Playing.

26   Hands Poker Hands

 

 

 

Hand 1
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$100
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

100

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

90

$2

TBD

You

3

100

A♦ 6♥

?

?

Question:     Do you FOLD or CALL $2 with

A♦ 6♥

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   you only play Pocket Pairs and AK.

 

 

 

Hand 2
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$100
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

100

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

90

$2

TBD

3

45

Fold

4

100

Fold

You

5

100

A♦ 10♥

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $2 / RAISE with

A♦ 10♥

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   you only play Pocket Pairs and AK.

 

 

Hand 3
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$150
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

150

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

90

$2

TBD

3

45

Fold

4

177

Fold

5

188

Fold

You

6

150

A♦ J♦

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $2 / RAISE with

A♦ J♦

Answer:

FOLD

Fold, you   only play Pocket Pairs and AK.

 

 

 

Hand 4
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$250
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

100

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

90

$2

TBD

3

322

Fold

4

277

Fold

5

332

Fold

6

433

Fold

You

7

266

A♦ Q♣

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $2 / RAISE with

A♦ Q♣

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   you only play Pocket Pairs and AK.

 

 

 

Hand 5
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$250
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

333

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

48

$2

TBD

3

177

$2

Call

4

144

$8

Raise

5

322

Fold

6

288

$8

Call

7

188

Fold

You

8

301

A♦ Q♦

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $2 / RAISE with

A♦ Q♦

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   only play Pocket Pairs and AK, not AQ Suited.

 

Hand 6
Game:   $2/$5 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $200-$1000
1 Big   Bet = $5

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

1200

$2

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

877

$5

TBD

3

288

Fold

4

1544

Fold

You

5

1244

K♦ Q♦

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $5 / RAISE with

K♦ Q♦

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   you only play Pocket Pairs and AK.

 

 

Hand 7
Game:   $2/$5 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $200-$1000
1 Big   Bet = $5

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

1200

$2

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

877

$5

TBD

3

288

Fold

4

1544

$5

Call

 

5

1244

Fold

 

6

222

Fold

 

7

188

Fold

You

8

1666

K♥J♥

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $5 / RAISE with

K♥J♥

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   only play Pocket Pairs and AK, even in Seat 8.

 

Hand 8
Game:   $2/$5 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $200-$1000
1 Big   Bet = $5

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

1200

$2

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

877

$5

TBD

3

288

Fold

4

73

$25

Raise

 

5

1244

Fold

 

6

222

Fold

 

7

188

Fold

You

8

1666

T♥T♠

?

?

Question:    FOLD / CALL $25 / RAISE with

T♥T♠

Answer:

FOLD

Opponent   must have > $250 to CALL $25, not just $73

 

Hand 9
Game:   $2/$5 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $200-$1000
1 Big   Bet = $5

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

1200

$2

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

877

$5

TBD

3

288

Fold

4

573

$25

Raise

 

5

1244

$25

Call

 

6

222

Fold

 

7

188

Fold

You

8

1666

T♥T♠

?

?

Question:    FOLD / CALL $25 / RAISE with

T♥T♠

Answer:

CALL

Both   opponents have >$250, so you can CALL $25

 

Hand 10
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $40-$100
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

44

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

35

$2

TBD

3

111

Fold

4

166

$2

Call

 

5

213

$2

Call

 

6

88

$2

Call

 

7

166

$12

Raise

You

8

112

6♥6♠

?

?

Question:  FOLD / CALL $12 / RAISE with

6♥6♠

Answer:

CALL

Raiser   has >$120, so you can CALL $12, HIT or FOLD

 

Hand 11
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $40-$100
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

65

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

99

$2

TBD

3

86

Fold

4

156

Fold

 

5

233

Fold

 

6

154

Fold

 

7

88

$2

Call

 

8

177

Fold

You

9  (Button)

96

A♥6♥

?

?

 

 

 

Question:     FOLD / CALL $2 / RAISE with

A♥6♥

 

 

Answer:

RAISE $6

 

 

 

 

Play   Button with Strength until betting against you.

 

 

 

You

9  (Button)

96

A♥6♥

$6

Raise

 

1  (Small Blind)

65

$1

Fold

 

2  (Big Blind)

99

$2

Fold

 

7

88

$2

Fold

You Win   a $5 Pot
Hand 12
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $40-$100
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

65

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

99

$2

TBD

3

86

Fold

4

156

$2

Call

 

5

233

Fold

 

6

154

Fold

 

7

88

Fold

 

8

177

Fold

You

9  (Button)

96

K♥T♥

?

?

 

 

 

Question:      FOLD / CALL $2 / RAISE with

K♥T♥

 

 

Answer:

RAISE $6

 

 

Play   Button with Strength

 

 

 

You

9  (Button)

96

K♥T♥

$6

Raise

 

1  (Small Blind)

65

$1

Fold

 

2  (Big Blind)

99

$2

Fold

 

7

88

$2

Fold

You Win   a $5 Pot
Hand 13
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$250
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

101

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

88

$2

TBD

3

311

$2

Call

4

276

$2

Call

5

301

$2

Call

6

499

$2

Call

You

7

302

A♦ J♣

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $2 / RAISE with

A♦ J♣

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   you only play Pocket Pairs and AK.

 

Hand 14
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$250
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

20

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

88

$2

TBD

3

311

$10

Raise

4

311

Fold

5

266

Fold

6

655

Fold

You

7

277

A♦ Q♣

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $10 / RAISE with

A♦ Q♣

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   you only play Pocket Pairs and AK.

 

Hand 15
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $40-$100
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

43

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

72

$2

TBD

3

66

$10

Raise

4

88

$10

Call

5

222

$50

Re-raise

6

34

Fold

You

7

103

T♦ T♣

?

?

Question:   FOLD / CALL $50 / RAISE with

T♦ T♣

Answer:

FOLD

Can’t   play  Pocket T T ageist a $50 Re-raise.

 

Hand 16
Game:   $5/$10 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $500-$5000
1 Big   Bet = $10

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

1800

$5

TBD

You

2  (Big Blind)

5000

A♦ A♣

$10

TBD

3

8000

$50

Raise

4

12000

$50

Call

5

6000

$500

Re-raise

6

750

Fold

 

7

5050

$500

Call

 

8

7000

$500

Call

 

9   (Button)

18000

 

Fold

 

 

 

1  (Small Blind)

4000

Fold

You

2  (Big Blind)

5000

A♦ A♣

?

?

Question:   FOLD / CALL $500 / RAISE with

A♦ A♣

Answer:

Push All-In

Go for   it, hope for 1 Caller.

 

Hand 17
Game:   $5/$10 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $500-$5000
1 Big   Bet = $10

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

2200

$5

TBD

You

2  (Big Blind)

6000

Q♦ Q♣

$10

TBD

3

7000

$50

Raise

4

13000

$50

Call

5

7000

$750

Re-raise

6

750

Fold

 

7

6000

$750

Call

 

8

7000

$3,000

Re-raise

 

9   (Button)

18000

 

Fold

 

 

 

1  (Small Blind)

4000

Fold

You

2  (Big Blind)

6000

Q♦ Q♣

?

?

Question:   FOLD / CALL $500 / RAISE with

Q♦ Q♣

Answer:

Fold

Never   go broke with Queens, it’s okay with Aces.

 

Hand 18
Game:   $5/$10 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $500-$5000
1 Big   Bet = $10

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

2200

$5

TBD

You

2  (Big Blind)

6000

6♦ 6♣

$10

TBD

3

7000

$50

Raise

4

13000

Fold

5

7000

Fold

6

750

Fold

 

7

6000

Fold

 

8

7000

$50

Call

 

9   (Button)

18000

 

Fold

 

 

 

1  (Small Blind)

4000

Fold

You

2  (Big Blind)

6000

6♦ 6♣

?

?

Question:   FOLD / CALL $50 / RAISE with

6♦ 6♣

Answer:

Call $50

Call,   you have a Pocket Pair: 66.

 

Hand 19
Game:   $5/$10 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $500-$5000
1 Big   Bet = $10

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

You

1  (Small Blind)

2200

K♦Q♦

$5

TBD

 

2  (Big Blind)

6000

$10

TBD

3

7000

Fold

4

13000

Fold

5

7000

Fold

6

750

Fold

 

7

6000

Fold

 

8

7000

Fold

 

9   (Button)

18000

$40

Raise

 

 

 

You

1  (Small Blind)

4000

K♦Q♦

?

?

 

2  (Big Blind)

6000

$10

TBD

Question:   FOLD / CALL $40 / RAISE with

K♦Q♦

Answer:

Fold

Fold,   you do not have a Pocket Pair of AK.

 

Hand 20
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$200
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

 

1  (Small Blind)

200

$1

TBD

 

2  (Big Blind)

200

$2

TBD

3

300

Fold

4

250

Fold

5

150

Fold

6

230

Fold

 

7

400

Fold

 

8

500

$7

Raise

You

9   (Button)

320

9♥9♣

?

?

 

 

 

 

Question:   FOLD / CALL $7 / RAISE with

9♥9♣

 

 

 

Answer:

Call $7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call   with a Pocket Pair: 99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1  (Small Blind)

180

 

Fold

 

2  (Big Blind)

88

Fold

FLOP

9♦  A♥    Q♠
Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

 

8

493

$30

Bet

You

9   (Button)

314

9♥9♣

?

?

Question:   FOLD / CALL $50 / RAISE with

9♥9♣

Answer:

Call $30

Call   with SET 999/ Your Trapping.

 

TURN

9♦  A♥    Q♠  A♠
Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

 

8

463

$

All-In

You

9   (Button)

284

9♥9♣

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $284 All-In with

9♥9♣

Answer:

Call All-In

Call   with Full House/ Hoping opponent only has AAA

 

RIVER

9♦  A♥    Q♠  A♠  3♦
Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

 

8

179

A♣ K♣

 

 

You

9   (Button)

0

9♥9♣

 

 

You Won   Doubling your Stack to $643
The   power of a Set (>Full House) over Trips (AAA)
becomes   very clear on this hand.
Hand 21
Game:   $2/$5 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $300-$1000
3

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

You

1  (Small Blind)

600

A♣T♣

$2

TBD

 

2  (Big Blind)

500

$5

TBD

3

400

$20

Raise

4

650

Fold

5

711

Fold

6

250

Fold

 

7

400

Fold

 

8

500

 

Fold

You

9   (Button)

930

 

Fold

 

 

 

 

Question:   FOLD / CALL $20 / RAISE with

A♣T♣

 

 

 

Answer:

Fold

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only   call with a Pocket Pair or AK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1  (Small Blind)

1000

 

Fold

 

2  (Big Blind)

432

Fold

Hand 22
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$200
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

 

1  (Small Blind)

300

$1

TBD

 

2  (Big Blind)

200

$2

TBD

3

300

$6

Raise

4

250

$6

Call

5

150

$6

Call

6

230

Fold

 

7

400

$6

Call

 

8

500

$6

Call

You

9   (Button)

320

4♥4♣

?

?

 

 

 

 

Question:   FOLD / CALL $ / RAISE with

4♥4♣

 

 

 

Answer:

Call $6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call   with a Pocket Pair: 44 into a multiway pot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1  (Small Blind)

180

 

Fold

 

2  (Big Blind)

88

Fold

FLOP

4♦  A♥    Q♥
Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

3

294

$50

Bet

4

244

$50

Call

5

144

$50

Call

6

224

Fold

7

394

$50

Call

8

494

Fold

You

9   (Button)

308

4♥4♣

?

?

Question:   FOLD / CALL $50 / RAISE with

4♥4♣

Answer:

Call $50

Call   with SET: 444, an All-in raise

 

would   only get callers. May need Full House to win

 

TURN

4♦  A♥    Q♥  9♥
Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

3

254

$100

Bet

4

194

Fold

5

96

$96

Call

6

224

Fold

7

344

$100

Call

8

494

Fold

You

9   (Button)

258

4♥4♣

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $100/ Raise

4♥4♣

Answer:

Call $100

Call   with Full House/ Hoping opponent only has AAA

 

RIVER

4♦  A♥    Q♥  9♥  T♥
Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

3

154

$154

All-In

5

0

$0

Call

7

244

$244

All-In

You

9   (Button)

158

4♥4♣

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $244 All-In

4♥4♣

Answer:

Fold

 

You   needed at least a Full House to Call.
Seat 3   had an Ace King High Flush.
Seat 5   had a Set of Queens: QQQ
Seat 7   hit a Queen High Straight Flush on the River.
Hand 23
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$100
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

120

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

90

$2

TBD

3

66

Fold

4

100

Fold

You

5

100

A♦ Q♥

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $2 / RAISE with

A♦ Q♥

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   you only play Pocket Pairs and AK.

 

 

Hand 24
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$150
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

150

$1

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

300

$2

TBD

3

222

$2

Call

4

200

$2

Call

5

188

$2

Call

You

6

150

Q♦ J♦

?

?

Question:     FOLD / CALL $2 / RAISE with

Q♦ J♦

Answer:

FOLD

Fold,   you only play Pocket Pairs and AK.

 

Hand 25
Game:   $1/$2 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in $50-$200
1 Big   Bet = $2

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

 

1  (Small Blind)

400

$1

TBD

 

2  (Big Blind)

400

$2

TBD

3

300

$6

Raise

4

250

$20

Re-raise

5

450

Fold

6

230

Fold

 

7

400

Fold

 

8

500

$20

Call

You

9   (Button)

800

K♥K♦

?

?

 

 

 

 

Question:   FOLD / CALL $20 / RAISE with

K♥K♦

 

 

 

Answer:

Call $20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call   with a Pocket Pair: KK into a multiway pot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1  (Small Blind)

180

 

Fold

 

2  (Big Blind)

88

Fold

3

300

$20

Call

 

FLOP

A♥   6 ♠ Q♦
Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

3

280

Check

4

230

$100

Bet

8

480

$100

Call

You

9   (Button)

308

K♥K♦

?

?

Question:   FOLD / CALL $100 / RAISE with

K♥K♦

Answer:

FOLD

You   missed on flop, an Ace flopped with 2 opponents,

 

You   must fold here.

 

Hand 26
Game:   $10/$20 Blinds, No-Limit, Buy-in: Minimum $5,000.
1 Big   Bet = $20

PRE-FLOP

Seat

Chips

Cards

Betting

Action

1  (Small Blind)

10,000

$10

TBD

2  (Big Blind)

6,000

$20

TBD

3

12,000

$100

Raise

4

158,000

$400

Re-raise

5

62,000

$2,000

Re-raise

6

856,000

Fold

You

7

9,000

J♦ J♣

?

?

Question:   FOLD / CALL $2,000 / RAISE with

J♦ J♣

Answer:

FOLD

Can’t   play Pocket JJ against a $2,000 Double Re-raise.

 

 The End and Good Luck!

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Playing Poker on the Internet: Becareful

by Bart September 18, 2013

Chapter 12. Playing Internet Poker Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Internet Poker Playing poker on the internet has become a world wide phenomenon. Both tournament poker and cash game poker is extremely popular throughout the entire modern world. […]

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by Bart September 11, 2013

Chapter 11. Let’s Talk Overall Strategy Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt. Playing poker is complicated, it seems like a simple game, but in truth things are constantly changing. Cards are always changing, hands are always changing, chip counts are always changing, your position […]

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How to Play Poker Like a Successful Professional Poker Player

by Bart September 4, 2013

Chapter 10. Playing Cards Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt.   “Poker Tells” (Reading Your Opponents) Now, what exactly is a poker “tell”?  It’s simply a physical sign given off by an opponent that gives away the strength (or weakness) of the player’s hand. […]

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Playing Cards as a Professional Poker Player

by Bart August 28, 2013

Chapter 9. Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt. Playing Your Cards: When to Fold Okay, you know the fixed rules for playing your cards: Over 90% of the time, pre-flop you are going to fold, fold, and fold some more. Over 90% of the […]

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Playing Cards as a Professional Poker Player

by Bart August 21, 2013

Chapter 8. Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt.   Playing Your Cards: Mixing-Up Your Play on the Button and in the Big Blind. Okay, so far you’ve been taught hard and fixed rules for playing cards: Only play Pocket Pairs and Pocket Ace King […]

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Playing Cards as a Professional Poker Player

by Bart August 14, 2013

Chapter 7. Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt.   Playing Your Cards: Playing Ace King. In tournament poker and in limit poker, Ace King (AK) is a strong hand, you can move All-In, or Raise at will, when holding Ace King. However, in no-limit […]

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Playing Cards as a Professional Poker Player

by Bart August 7, 2013

Chapter 6. Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt.   Playing Your Cards: Playing Pocket Pairs and Hitting Sets Patience” is Our Mantra Aiding Winning Card Play. So far you’re doing well in your effort to learn how to become a Professional Poker Player. You […]

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Aiding Professional Poker Playing: Four Important Concepts

by Bart July 31, 2013

Chapter 5. Taken from the book: How to Become a Successful Professional Poker Player, written by Barton M. Gratt.   Understanding Four Simple Poker Concepts Prior to Playing Cards. Prior to starting to learn our card playing scheme, there are four basic poker playing concepts you need to clearly understand: Concept 1: The importance of […]

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